Bryan & Gov. Johnson, Sacramento, Calif. (LOC)

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Bryan & Gov. Johnson, Sacramento, Calif.

[1913 April or May]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photo shows William Jennings Bryan and California governor Hiram William Johnson, along with two unidentified men, at a podium in Sacramento, California. (Source: Flickr Commons project and Library staff, 2008)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Bryan, William Jennings,--1860-1925.
Johnson, Hiram Warren,--1866-1945.
Sacramento, Calif.

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2639-8


Owner: The Library of Congress
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 19/Dec/2008 20:30:51

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    Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )

    • 20/Dec/2008 05:16:45

    Hiram Warren Johnson (September 2, 1866 – August 6, 1945) was a leading American progressive and later isolationist politician from California; he served as Governor from 1911 to 1917, and as a United States Senator from 1917 to 1945. Source:

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    The Library of Congress

    • 24/Dec/2008 16:05:25

    Thanks, We'll add the additional name information in the source data and reload the description.

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    • 26/Dec/2008 06:26:22

    This was taken sometime between the morning of April 29, 1913 and the afternoon of May 3, 1913. On April 29, 1913 Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan arrived in Sacramento at the bidding of President Wilson to plead against the passage of California's Alien Land Law of 1913. That morning at 11am he addressed secret meetings of the legislature with Governor Johnson, Lieutenant Governor Wallace and 120 members of the legislature, according to this New York Times article: Governor Johnson "rallied the anti-Japanese lobby, however, and the bill passed. despite statements by both the President and the Secretary of State that this law offered insult to the Japanses people and their government." ( ref. ) According to this New York Times article, Bryan addressed a joint session of the California Legislature on the afternoon of May 3, 1913 prior to his departure for Washington: The text of Bryan's speech to the California legislature in 1913 is here: and it is therefore likely that the two others in the photograph apart from Bryan and Johnson are Lieutenant Governor Wallace, and or Speaker Young, and/or State Senator Lee C. Gates. Of course, the papers of William Jennings Bryan are in the Library of Congress, so there's likely to be more about this occasion there: Here's an article from the New York Times of April 27, 1913 giving much of the background to Bryan's pending visit to California:

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    Barbara (LOC P&P)

    • 31/Dec/2008 14:57:18

    The evidence regarding when the photo was made is also helpful. We'll adjust the date in the description, as well. Thanks!