American politician and fundamentalist religious leader William Jennings Bryan is born in Salem, Illinois. A leading political, cultural, and religious figure in the early days of American fundamentalism, William Jennings Bryan will become best known for his defense of creationism and attack on evolution in the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial in Dayton, Tennessee.
The earliest fundamentalist Christians in America are not very political. Bryan, however, will be a political progressive who fights hard for the rights and dignity of working people. He will help ensure the ratification of four constitutional amdendments which he believes will help create a more democratic and righteous society: progressive federal income tax, Prohibition, women's sufferage, and the direct election of senators.