New Orleans Progressive UnionThe New Orleans Progressive Union, first organized in 1898, later evolved into the New Orleans Association of Commerce, predecessor of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, now known as Greater New Orleans, Inc. The organization played a major role in the failed effort to secure a Panama Exposition for the Crescent City, but it did have success in many of its other undertakings. In 1906, as this letter indicates, the Progressive Union hosted the great orator William Jennings Bryan during a visit the New Orleans. It was one of several documented visits to the city by Bryan during the period between his unsuccessful campaign for the presidency and his service as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson.
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