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Read a letter from President McKinley

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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

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

Life Facts

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• 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

Inaugural Address
Related Links
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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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