The Presidents of the USA

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William McKinley
1897-1901


picture of President William McKinley
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birthplace

Niles, OH

birthday

January 29

Life

1843-1901

age

OFC:54 , d. 59

party

Republican

presidency highlights

U.S. a world power after the Spanish-American war

nickname:

Napoleon of Protection

vice-president:

Garret Hobart (1897–99),none, Th. Roosevelt (1901)
picture of President William McKinley

previous office

Governor of Ohio

key background fact:

As a congressman he promoted the McKinley Tariff Act

occupation

Lawyer

military service

Brevet Major of Volunteers in Civil War (Army of Potomac)

children

2:     2 girls

wife:

Ida Saxton (1871)

height

5' 7'' / 1.70 m

higher education

Allegheny College,Albany Law

religion

Methodist

 

quote

"War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed."

actions & events

  • 1898 Yellow Journalism (Hyped Maine)
  • 1898 Hawaii annexed
  • 1901 On Sep 6, he was shot by an anarchist in Buffalo and died 8 days later.

economy

  • 1897 Dingley Tariff. Highest ever.
  • 1900 Gold Standard Act. Stopped bimetallism

foreign affairs

  • 1899 Treaty of Paris. U.S. becomes a colonial power.

military activity

  • 1898 Sinking of USS Maine
  • 1898 Spanish-USA war
  • 1900 Boxer Rebellion. 2500 troops were sent to China.
  • 1899-1901 Philippine rebellion. 120,000 US troops

unique facts

  • First president to use campaign buttons in the election.

interesting

He lost both children: Ida 4 months old and Katherine, 4 years old, in the 1870s. His wife was so devastated that she became an invalid for the rest of her life, with recurrent epileptic seizures.

military activity

  • 1898 Sinking of USS Maine
  • 1898 Spanish-USA war
  • 1900 Boxer Rebellion. 2500 troops were sent to China.
  • 1899-1901 Philippine rebellion. 120,000 US troops

Legacy

His leadership and his actions affected profoundly the future of the USA. His victory on the Spanish-American war transformed the Presidency into an office of world leadership.

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