January 21, 2023

Today in History: William Jennings Bryan

Today in History–March 19–the Library of Congress features William Jennings Bryan, born on this day in 1860. Famous for his oratorical skills, Bryan served two terms as a U.S. representative then ran for president three times. Although unsuccessful, he did serve as President Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of State. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to discover more about this determined man known as the "Great Commoner". William Jennings Bryan … [Read more...]

Today in History: John C. Frémont

Today in History–January 31–the Library of Congress features John C. Frémont, who was court-martialed on grounds of mutiny and disobeying orders on this day in 1848. This decision was later reversed by President James Polk and did little to thwart the progress of this explorer turned politician known as the "pathfinder".  Learn more about the extraordinary fortunes of Frémont, the 1856 republican presidential candidate, by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to … [Read more...]

Today in History: Uniform Presidential Election Day

Today in History–November 4–the Library of Congress features the passage of legislation on this day in 1845 requiring a uniform election day for President of the United States on the: "Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November of the year in which they are to be appointed." The 1848 election was the first presidential election in which Americans in every state voted on the same day. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below for more … [Read more...]