Newton, IA Speech, 1896-08-08

Speech by William Jennings Bryan.

Speech by William Jennings Bryan
Saturday, August 8 at 8:00am
, Newton, IA

Source: The First Battle: A Story of the Campaign of 1896, 1896; ONE CONTINUAL OVATION, Bryan's Trip Towards the Rising Sun is Tour of Triumph., Omaha World-Herald (Sunday Edition), Sunday, August 9, 1896


"Ladies and Gentlemen: I am glad to see you and I believe this is Newton. If I am not mistaken, your town bears the name of a man who is given credit for stating the law of gravitation. Some of the laws of finance—I may say all the great laws of finance—are as certain in their operation and as irresistible in their force as the law of gravitation. If you throw a stone into the air you know that it will come down. Why? Because it is drawn toward the center of the earth. The law upon which we base our fight is as sure as the law of gravitation. If we have a gold standard, prices are as certain to fall as the stone which is thrown into the air." (Great cheering.)

About this Document

  • Source: The First Battle: A Story of the Campaign of 1896
  • Author: William Jennings Bryan
  • Publisher: W.B. Conkey Company
  • Published: , Illinois
  • Citation: 301
  • Date: August 8, 1896