DescriptionWilliam Jennings Bryan, known as “The Great Commoner,” was born in Salem. The Gutzon Borglum statue of Bryan that once stood in Washington, D.C., now stands in Salem's Bryan Memorial Park. Guided tours of Bryan's home at 408 Broadway are available by appointment; phone (618) 548-2222, ext. 10.
Bryan was the prosecuting attorney against John Thomas Scopes, principal in the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial. Scopes, who grew up in Salem and attended the University of Illinois, was accused of teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution; he was arrested, tried and fined for the incident.
Visitor InfoSalem Chamber of Commerce 615 W. Main SALEM, IL 62881. Phone:(618)548-3010