William Jennings Bryan's Fairview
William Jennings Bryan was born in 1860
in Illinois, studied the law and
entered law practice in Jacksonville, Illinois, in 1883. In 1887
he moved to Lincoln and became active in the Democratic Party.
He was elected to Congress serving from 1891 through 1895, and
was a candidate for President in 1896, 1900, and 1908. In 1912
he was appointed U.S. Secretary of State by Woodrow Wilson, a
post he resigned when the United States entered World War I.
He was an advocate for the common people, an editor, and an author.
Bryan died in 1925.
Similar in many ways to autograph books, guest books record
who visited a given place on a given day. The guest book
for Fairview, William Jennings Bryan's Lincoln, Nebraska, home,
holds a blessing left for him by a distinguished visitor to the
house in 1912.
In September 1912, 'Abdul-Bah Abbas, eldest
son of Baha'i founder Baha'u'llah,
visited William Jennings Bryan's home, Fairview, hoping to meet
with him. Bryan was out of town and 'Abdul-Baha Abbas and left
a blessing for him in the Fairview visitor album.
Bless this family and grant it
happiness in both this world and the world to come. Confirm this
distinguished person in the greatest service to the human world,
which is the unity of all mankind, that he may attain to Thy
good pleasure in this world and obtain a bounteous portion from
the surging ocean of Divine outpourings in this luminous age.
article about 'Abdul-Baha Abbas
visit to Lincoln
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W. Richards, Surveyor
J.S. Morton, Statesman
Sara J. Price, Teacher
W. Danley, Businessman
J. & E. Green, Farmers
S. Buck, Farm Wife
S. & E. Allis,
E. & L. Correll,
Lucy Drexel, Student
Viola Barnes, Student
Willa Cather, Author
C. Calvert, Educator
Myrtle Soulier, Student
B. Watson, Porter
Margaret and Edward
Frances M. Creech,
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