William Jennings Bryan was born in Salem, Illinois in 1860 and grew up there. He attended Illinois College in Jacksonville and Union College of Law in Chicago (later called Northwestern University School of Law). He and his wife moved to Nebraska where he served two terms in Congress and lost a race for the Senate. He was only 36 when he was nominated for president by the Democratic National Convention in 1896 where he made is "cross of gold" speech. He was nominated again in 1900 with former Vice President Aldai E. Stevenson of Bloomington as his running mate and again a third time in 1908.