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Old November 14th, 2012, 02:46 AM   #1

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Favourite defeated presedential candidates pre 1945


I have a huge interest in William Jennings Bryan.

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Jefferson in 1796
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I've always had an attraction to John Frémont's bumper sticker.
"Free speech, free press, free soil, free men, Frémont and victory!"
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William Jennings Bryan is a fairly popular figure as he remained a popular and "powerful" figure dispite all the elections he lost.

One could also give a similar argument for Eugene V. Debbs. An American Socialist who ran five times, and the last time was from a prison cell.
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I discovered Bryan via the Scopes trial, fascinating charachter.
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Henry Clay, the greatest American never to become President (that ran).
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Old November 14th, 2012, 01:16 PM   #9

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I recently bought Michael Kazin's "A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan" (2006). I bought this used book on Amazon and couldn't believe it had been marked "Discarded" by Clark County Public Library, Springfield, Ohio. Hope nothing of the kind would happen in Nebraska. Man was a giant and would have made a good president.
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William Jennings Bryan is a fairly popular figure as he remained a popular and "powerful" figure dispite all the elections he lost.

One could also give a similar argument for Eugene V. Debbs. An American Socialist who ran five times, and the last time was from a prison cell.
Hard to disagree with Debs in my mind, but I think Huey Long merits a mention here. A really controversial figure with undeniable appeal and vision, as well as immense ambition. Of course, he died before he could be defeated.
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