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William Jennings Bryan's Fairview Guest Book

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.
'Abdul-Baha Abbas

Newspaper article about 'Abdul-Baha Abbas visit to Lincoln



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