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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Sir Pitt Crawley (named after the great Commoner) was the son of Walpole Crawley, first Baronet, of the Tape and Sealing-Wax Office in the reign of George II., when he was impeached for peculation, as were a great number of other honest gentlemen of those days; and Walpole Crawley was, as need scarcely be said, son of John Churchill Crawley, named after the celebrated military commander of the reign of Queen Anne.
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.
Which 18th century British prime minister was nicknamed 'The Great Commoner'?
Like other partisans of the Great Commoner, Bensel sees Bryan's frequent defeats as further testament to his historical importance.
The "Great Commoner" grew up in southern Illinois, became a skilled orator while at Illinois College in Jacksonville, studied law in Chicago, then established himself in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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.

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