In a surprising division in the U.S. cabinet, on June 9, 1915, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigned. The annoucement came just days after the sinking of the merchant vessal Lusitania, which was sunk as part of the German continuation of unrestricted submarine warfare during World War One. President Woodrow Wilson had previously only consulted Bryan and nominal state matters, and Bryan disagreed with Wilson over the decision for American retaliation after the sinking of the vessal. Bryan was an extreme pacifist, and was against U.S. involvement in World War One.
Today In History- June 9
U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigns over a disagreement regarding the handling of the RMS Lusitania sinking.
William Jennings Bryan resigns as World War One looms.
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