United States presidential election, 1896
In 1896 the Democrats nominated William Jennings Bryan as their presidential candidate. While the Republicans nominated William McKinley as their's. Bryan traveled all over the country and appealed to people as the "common man." McKinley did the opposite and remained at home on his front porch and appealed more to the average businessman. In the midst of the election McKinley requested people who supported him display the American flag. After that the American flag became identified with McKinleyism.  The results of the election were:
|candidates||popular vote||electoral vote|
|William Jennings Bryan||6,492,559||176|
|John M. Palmer||133,148||0|
|Charles H. Matchett||36,274||0|
|Charles E. Bentley||13,969||0|
- Golden tongued orator, William Jennings Bryan, by Robert A. Allen, 1992.