William McKinley

by Alyssa Britz


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McKinley was born on January 29, 1843 in Niles, Ohio. He attended public school and in 1852 enrolled in the Poland Seminary. When he was 17, he enrolled in Allegheny College in Pennsylvania but soon dropped out due to illness. He never returned to college because of financial difficulties and instead taught for awhile. After the Civil War he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1867.
McKinley served from 1861 until 1865 in the Twenty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He fought in Antietam where he was promoted to second lieutenant for valor. He rose the level of brevet major. After the war he began practicing law. In 1887 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He served until 1883 and again from 1885-91. In 1892, he was elected to be Governor of Ohio where he served until he became president.

McKinley easily won the nomination for president again in 1900 and was again opposed by William Jennings Bryan. Theodore Roosevelt was his Vice President. The main issue of the campaign was America's growing imperialism which the Democrats spoke against. McKinley won with 292 out of 447 electoral votes

McKinley's time in office was important because the U.S. officially became a world colonial power. Further, America officially placed its money on the gold standard.


  • During McKinley's time in office, Hawaii was annexed. The first step towards statehood . In 1898, the Spanish-American War began with the Maine incident.
  • On April 25, 1898, war was declared against Spain.. U.S. troops then captured Manila and took possession of the Philippines.
  • In Cuba, Santiago was captured. The U.S. also captured Puerto Rico before Spain asked for peace. On December 10, 1898, the Paris Peace Treaty was created which had Spain give up its claim to Cuba and give Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippine Islands in exchange for $20 million.

  • One final important act during McKinley's time in office was the Gold Standard Act where by the U.S. was officially placed on the gold standard.


  • Advocating for isolationism was one of the failures of President William McKinley. By his second term, when he realized the policy needed to change and spoke of it in a speech, he was shot and killed.

  • Open Door policy where the U.S. asked for China to make it so that all nations would be able to trade equally in China. However, in June 1900 the Boxer Rebellion occurred in China which targeted Western missionaries and foreign communities. The Americans joined forces with Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and Japan to stop the rebellion.

  • Tecumseh's Curse: Presidents elected in a year ending in a zero would die in office.
McKinley was shot two times by anarchist Leon Czolgosz while the president was visiting the Pan-American Exhibit in Buffalo, New York on September 6, 1901. He died on September 14, 1901. Czolgosz stated that he shot McKinley because he was an enemy of working people. He was convicted of the murder and electrocuted on October 29, 1901


He was very popular with the common man and It stayed the same because of his tragic death.


1896- McKinleyPatriotism, Protection, and Prosperity

1896- McKinley Good Money Never Made Times Hard

1900- A Full Dinner Pail


Secretary of State John Sherman, 1897
William R. Day, 1898
John Hay, 1898

Secretary of the Treasury Lyman J. Gage, 1897

Secretary of War Russell A. Alger, 1897
Elihu Root, 1899

Attorney General Joseph McKenna, 1897
John W. Griggs, 1898
Philander C. Knox, 1901

Postmaster General James A. Gary, 1897
Charles E. Smith, 1898

Secretary of the Navy John D. Long, 1897

Secretary of the Interior Cornelius N. Bliss, 1897 Ethan A. Hitchcock,

1898 Secretary of Agriculture James Wilson, 1897

Ranked 15th or 16th of our presidents

Historian Survey Results

William McKinley
2009 2000

Total Score 599 601

Overall Rank 16 15

Categories 2009
Final Score Category Ranking

2009 2000

Public Persuasion 61%

Crisis Leadership 64%

Economic Management 58%

Moral Authority 58%

International Relations 64%

Administrative Skills 62.%

Relations with Congress 62%

Vision / Setting an Agenda 62%

Pursued Equal Justice For All 42%

Performance Within Context of Times 62%

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Is he electable today?

Yes the data collected by C-span proves that he takes all matters into his own hands and tries to view everything in a professional matter.