a letter from President McKinley
Did You Know?
During his term, the United States was involved in the Spanish-American War.
He was the first president to run a "front porch" campaign-- a campaign limited in travel.
After the Spanish-American War, the United States received the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico from Spain.
He was the third president to be assassinated. As he was dying, he asked his attendants to be careful of the way they told his wife.
Key Events in the Administration
(January 29, 1843 - September 14, 1901)
First Lady: Ida McKinley, Wife
Wife's Maiden Name: Ida Saxton
Number of Children: 2
Education Level: College
School Attended: Allegheny College, Albany Law School
Profession: Military, Lawyer
Military Service: Brevet Major
Public Service:Presidential Places
Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1897 - 9/14/1901
Presidency Number: 25
Number of Terms: 2
Why Presidency Ended: Assassination
His Vice President(s): Garret Hobart, Theodore Roosevelt
House of Representatives: Ohio (1877-1883), Ohio (1885-1891)
Governor of a State: Ohio (1892-1896)
Methodology and Resources
William McKinley Birthplace
Gravesite: McKinley National Memorial and Museum
C-SPAN in the Classroom
Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-707-5387
Presidents Programs from
William McKinley Life Portrait: From McKinley National Memorial and Museum - Canton, OH
Guests included: Richard McElroy, author, William McKinley and Our America: A Pictorial History; Jennifer Souers, curator, McKinley Museum; and Sam Vasbinder, author, McKinleys Tomb Watch | Order Videotape
Patrick Finan, memorial director, McKinley Birthplace Memorial; Niles, OH Watch
John Sellers on McKinley's papers Watch
Bill Bradley on McKinleys fund raising practices Watch
Military historian Carol Reardon on McKinley and the Battle of Antietam Watch
1995 Washington Journal on William McKinley Watch
McKinley re-enactment by Mike Wilson Watch
Speeches by President McKinley (Posted with permission from the G. Robert Vincent Voice Library, Michigan State University Libraries):
1901 Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, NY Listen
1896 campaign speech from McKinley's front porch Listen