Bryan’s Continuing Presence


  Cartoonist:  William Allen Rogers
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   July 30, 1904, p. 1190

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
At the Democratic National Convention in early July, conservative Alton B. Parker was nominated for president and William Jennings Bryan’s token candidate, Senator Francis Cockrell of Missouri, came in a distant third. Published after the convention, this cartoon’s theme manifests what was the consensus among political observers and what turned out to be the case: that Bryan was already preparing to seek a third presidential nomination in 1908. He appears here as a modern Noah building an ark, which will land him in the White House atop Mount Ararat in 1908. Although Bryan would be nominated that year, he would lose the general election to Republican William Howard Taft.













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