Davenport, IA Speech, 1896-08-08

Speech by William Jennings Bryan.

Speech by William Jennings Bryan
Saturday, August 8, 1896
Depot, Davenport, IA

Source: TRIP ACROSS ILLINOIS., Crowds at Every Station to Greet the Nominee., Omaha World-Herald (Sunday Edition), Sunday, August 9, 1896

"They say this is a town that believes in gold; if so I want you to tell the people that we will do even better, for we believe in both gold and silver. (Cheers.) I promised myself that I would not do any talking on the road, but the presence of so many enthusiastic persons is a temptation which I am not able to withstand."


"I don't know whether I can come back or not, because it is a large country and it is going to take a good while to get over it, but if the shouting that I see here is an indication of your feelings, I do not think it will be necessary for me to come back here. (Cheers.) I have promised that I would not make any appointments until election, but I will break that promise and appoint each one of you a missionary to go and work until election day." (Cheers.)

About this Document

  • Source: Omaha World-Herald (Sunday Edition)
  • Published: Omaha, NE
  • Citation: 2
  • Date: August 8, 1896