William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) was a lawyer, newspaper editor, and Democratic leader, came to Greenville In April of 1918. Bryan was nominated three times for president. While visiting Greenville, he roomed at the Princeton Hotel at the corner of Greene and Washington Streets. Then he spoke to up to seven hundred citizens at White’s Theatre on Fifth Street. The subject of his speech was "The Fundamentals of Man's Relations to the Government, Society, and to God."