Editor says, what if William Jennings Bryan made an unlikely political comeback? muses Mike Stone on Google Groups Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the WJ Bryan thread.
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Editor says, Lansing was being rather mean. Marshall had indeed had a serious drinking problem for almost twenty years, following the death of his fiancee in 1878. However, following his 1896 marriage, his wife Lois had persuaded him to take a drying out course, since which time he had been a total abstainer. Ironically or appropriately, depending on one's vewpoint, his signature would appear on the 18th Amendment in 1917. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.