William Jennings Bryan, U.S. Secretary of State and devout antiwar advocate, resigns on June 9, 1915 over President Woodrow Wilson’s handling of the German submarine sinking of the Lusitania. A proponent of strict U.S. neutrality regarding World War I, Bryan felt that Wilson’s strong position against Germany concerning the killing of 1,201 people on board could draw the two nations into war. Read more about it!
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- June 9, 1915 US Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigns from office, as he cannot agree will with President Wilson on actions to be taken upon Germany.
- June 9, 1915 British newspapers claim that President Wilson’s firm note to Germany, which resulted in Bryan’s resignation, may lead to war.
- June 10, 1915 Bryan resolves not to remain idle and plans a lecture tour on peace.
- June 11, 1915 The British public believes that President Wilson’s note is too mild because of Bryan’s resignation.
- September 29, 1916 1916 Presidential Candidate, Senator Porter J. McCumber of North Dakota, in his campaign address declares Bryan’s resignation was due to President Wilson desire to “force the country into war.”
- November 4, 1919 Former Chancellor von Bethmann-Hollweg of Germany testifies that he doubted President Wilson’s efforts for peace, and he promises to tell what he knew of William Bryan’s resignation.
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Sample Articles from Chronicling America:
- "U.S. Note Off to Berlin No Surrender of Rights; Bryan is Out of Cabinet,"
The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.),
June 09, 1915, HOME EDITION, Page 1, Image 1, col. 3.
- "Bryan Resigns Office,"
The Intelligencer (Anderson, SC),
June 09, 1915, EXTRA, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
- "Bryan Plans for Lecture Tour on Peace,"
The Guthrie Daily Leader (Guthrie, OK),
June 10, 1915, HOME, Page 1, Image 1, col. 4.
- "British Public Thinks Wilson's Note Too Mild ,"
The New-York Tribune (New York, NY),
June 12, 1915, Page 2, Image 2, col. 2.
- "The Departure of Bryan,"
The Washington Standard (Olympia, WA),
June 18, 1915, Page 2, Image 2, col. 1.
- "Principle First,"
The Labor World (Duluth, MN),
June 19, 1915, Page 4, Image 4, col. 1.
- "Mr. Bryan's Resignation,"
The Commoner (Lincoln, NE),
August 01, 1915, Page 30, Image 30, col. 1.
- "Bryan and Peace,"
The Commoner (Lincoln, NE),
October 01, 1915, Page 20, Image 20 col. 3.
- "McCumber Makes Brillant Talk at Northwood,"
Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND),
September 29, 1916, Page 1, Image 1 col. 4.
- "German Says Wilson Was Too Deep for Him,"
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA),
November 04, 1919, Page 2, Image 2, col. 3.