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• 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.

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William McKinley
(January 29, 1843 - September 14, 1901)

Life Facts

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Personal:
• 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
• Religion: Methodist
• Profession: Military, Lawyer
• Military Service: Brevet Major

Public Service:
• Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1897 - 9/14/1901
• Presidency Number: 25
• Number of Terms: 2
• Why Presidency Ended: Assassination
• Party: Republican
• 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

Presidential Places

Birthplace: William McKinley Birthplace
Gravesite: McKinley National Memorial and Museum

Reference Material

Bibliography
Inaugural Address
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Papers: Library of Congress - Washington, DC, 202-707-5387
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• Programming includes:

• 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, McKinley’s Tomb Watch | Order Videotape

 • Patrick Finan, memorial director, McKinley Birthplace Memorial; Niles, OH Watch
   
• John Sellers on McKinley's papers Watch
 
• Bill Bradley on McKinley’s 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


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