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,  The sites below give examples of the OTL attacks on Bryan, which TTL would have been at least veiled attacks on Marshall as well, and denunciation of opponents of war a "traitors".-. OTL they weren't all on the same day, but I have assumed that butterfly effects might have changed the dates of at least some.
 See http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9F07E2DF143AE433A25756C0A9659C946696D6CF
 See NYT article at http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9904E6D7173AE433A25752C0A9659C946696D6CF
[4 ]See article at http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9A01E3D6173AE433A25757C0A9659C946696D6CF
OTL, Thomas R Marshall died of a heart attack on 1 June 1925. It apparently came quite without warning, and the Indianapolis News reported that Marshall "was sitting up in bed reading the Bible when the fatal attack took him".
I have no information about the state of his health in 1917, but heart disease can sometimes be present for many years before it kills its victim. General Robert E Lee, frex, is believed to have suffered a heart attack shortly before Gettysburg - more than seven years before he would finally die from the same cause. So it is at least conceivable that Marshall (who in 1917 was 63, the same age as Lee at the time of the latter's death) could have suffered such an attack many years before his OTL one.
 Chief Justice White was a Republican, appointed in 1910 by President Taft, and would certainly have had misgivings about a Bryan Presidency. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.