Great Commoner


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Noun1.Great Commoner - United States lawyer and politician who advocated free silver and prosecuted John Scopes (1925) for teaching evolution in a Tennessee high school (1860-1925)Great Commoner - United States lawyer and politician who advocated free silver and prosecuted John Scopes (1925) for teaching evolution in a Tennessee high school (1860-1925)
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Close by the name of Sir Pitt Crawley, Baronet (the subject of the present memoir), are written that of his brother, the Reverend Bute Crawley (the great Commoner was in disgrace when the reverend gentleman was born), rector of Crawley-cum-Snailby, and of various other male and female members of the Crawley family.
There are superficial parallels, however, with the National Democrats (often called the Gold Democrats) of 1896, who could not abide the nomination of the Great Commoner, William Jennings Bryan.
Like other partisans of the Great Commoner, Bensel sees Bryan's frequent defeats as further testament to his historical importance.
Instead Kazin's principal aim is to demonstrate that "the Great Commoner," as he was known, was hardly the provincial idiot of Mencken's caricature.