This Date in History

July 23, 1925: Dismissal of Dr. Paul Bartsch, curator of the National museum, from the faculty of George Washington university, was sought by two members of the alumni for the scientist’s reference to William Jennings Bryan at a Lions club dinner. Referring to Bryan, Bartsch was quoted as saying, “it is indeed distressing that so flagrant a violation of the truth should have been passed unchallenged at the time.” On Bryan’s views of evolution, Bartsch continued, “Bryan is an ignorant, narrow minded, conceited bigot, who has set himself up as an authority in both religion and science … evolution can be seen in everything.”Paul Bartsch


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