He met Nancy Allison there, and married her later. Graduating from Poland Seminary inhe enrolled the following year at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.
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Key events in the life of William McKinley. Early life McKinley was the son of William McKinley, a manager of a charcoal furnace and a small-scale iron founder, and Nancy Allison.
Hayeslater the 19th president of the United States — Promoted second lieutenant for his bravery in the Battle of Antietamhe was discharged a brevet major in Returning to Ohio, he studied law, was admitted to the bar inand opened a law office in Cantonwhere he resided—except for his years in Washington, D.
Grant for president in McKinley served in the House of Representatives untilfailing reelection only twice—inwhen he was temporarily unseated in an extremely close election, and inwhen Democrats gerrymandered his district. The issue with which McKinley became most closely identified during his congressional years was the protective tariff, a high tax on imported goods which served to protect American manufacturers from foreign competition.
A genuinely compassionate man, McKinley cared about the well-being of American workers, and he always insisted that a high tariff was necessary to assuring high wages. As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he was the principal sponsor of the McKinley Tariff ofwhich raised duties higher than they had been at any previous time.
Yet by the end of his presidency McKinley had become a convert to commercial reciprocity among nations, recognizing that Americans must buy products from other countries in order to sustain the sale of American goods abroad. McKinley went on to win the nomination easily. Presidency The presidential campaign of was one of the most exciting in American history.
McKinley ran on a Republican platform emphasizing maintenance of the gold standardwhile his opponent— William Jennings Bryancandidate of both the Democratic and Populist parties—called for a bimetallic standard of gold and silver.
Bryan campaigned vigorously, traveling thousands of miles and delivering hundreds of speeches in support of an inflated currency that would help poor farmers and other debtors. McKinley remained at home in Canton, greeting visiting delegations of Republicans at his front porch and giving carefully prepared speeches promoting the benefits of a gold-backed currency.
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Library of Congress, Washington, D. On July 24 he signed into law the Dingley Tariffthe highest protective tariff in American history to that time. Yet domestic issues would play only a minor role in the McKinley presidency. Emerging from decades of isolationism in the s, Americans had already shown signs of wanting to play a more assertive role on the world stage.
Under McKinley, the United States became an empire. President Grover Cleveland centre left and President-elect William McKinley en route to the inauguration ceremony, By the time McKinley took the oath of office as president, many Americans—influenced greatly by the sensationalistic yellow journalism of the Hearst and Pulitzer newspapers—were eager to see the United States intervene in Cubawhere Spain was engaged in brutal repression of an independence movement.
Initially, McKinley hoped to avoid American involvement, but in February two events stiffened his resolve to confront the Spanish. Although a midth century investigation proved conclusively that the Maine was destroyed by an internal explosion, the yellow press convinced Americans of Spanish responsibility.
The public clamoured for armed intervention, and congressional leaders were eager to satisfy the public demand for action. Capitol to take the oath of office, In March McKinley gave Spain an ultimatum, including demands for an end to the brutality inflicted upon Cubans and the start of negotiations leading toward independence for the island.
On April 20 Congress authorized the president to use armed force to secure the independence of Cuba, and five days later it passed a formal declaration of war. Combat began early in May and ended with an armistice in mid-August.
Within two years, the future first lady witnessed the deaths of her mother and two daughters. She never recovered, and she spent the rest of her life as a chronic invalid, frequently suffering seizures and placing an enormous physical and emotional burden on her husband. Yet McKinley remained devoted to her, and his unflagging attentiveness earned him additional admiration from the public.
Theodore Roosevelt in a campaign poster for presidential reelection in Following his inauguration inMcKinley left Washington for a tour of the western states, to be concluded with a speech at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
More than 50, admirers attended his exposition speech, in which the leader who had been so closely identified with protectionism now sounded the call for commercial reciprocity among nations.
Rushed to a hospital in Buffalo, McKinley lingered for a week before dying in the early morning hours of September William McKinley delivering his final speech, Buffalo, New York, September 5, ; he was fatally shot the following day.
William McKinley The table provides as list of cabinet members in the administration of Pres.William McKinley: William McKinley, 25th president of the United States (–). Under his leadership, the country went to war against Spain in and thereby acquired a global empire, which included Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.
McKinley was assassinated in Learn more about his life and career. William McKinley (January 29, – September 14, ) was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, until his assassination, six months into his second term.
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Compiled by John Woolley and Gerhard Peters. William McKinley, Twenty-Fifth President of the United States. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ DLC William McKinley was the twenty-fifth President of the United States.
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The Election of and William McKinley - The election of was between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan. William McKinley was the republican candidate for president and William Jennings Bryan was the democratic candidate.