William McKinley (1843 – 1901)

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Life in Brief: For a long time, William McKinley was considered a mediocre President, a chief executive who was controlled by his political cronies and who was pressured into war with Spain by the press. Recent historians have been kinder to McKinley, seeing him in… more life in brief »

Essays about William McKinley

About His Administration

First Lady
Ida McKinley
Secretary of the Treasury
Lyman J. Gage (1897–1901)
Secretary of Agriculture
James Wilson (1897–1901)
Secretary of the Navy
John D. Long (1897–1901)

Facts about William McKinley

Term
:
25th President of the United States (1897 – 1901)
Born
:
January 29, 1843, Niles, Ohio
Political Party
:
Republican
Died
:
September 14, 1901
Nickname
:
“Idol of Ohio”
Education
:
Allegheny College
Religion
:
Methodist
Marriage
:
January 25, 1871, to Ida Saxton (1847–1907)
Children
:
Katherine (1871–1875), Ida (1873)
Career
:
Lawyer
Buried
:
Canton, Ohio (adjacent to Westlawn Cemetery)
Writings

The Tariff in the Days of Henry Clay and Since (1896)


War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed; peace is preferable to war in almost every contingency.
March 4, 1897

Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Lewis L. Gould

Professor Gould is the Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor Emeritus in American History at the University of Texas. His writings include:

The Modern American Presidency (University Press of Kansas, 2003)

The Spanish-American War and President McKinley (University Press of Kansas, 1982)

The Presidency of William McKinley (University Press of Kansas, 1981)

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