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William McKinley


The 25th president of america and the 3rd to become assassinated while in office. He was also the final Civil War experienced to become chief executive. His financial complications ended his university education prematurely, and he was pressured to are a postal clerk and instructor. He led the U.S. to triumph in the Spanish-American Battle in only 100 times but was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz, a second-generation Polish-American with anarchist leanings, in Sept 1901. His dad, William McKinley Sr., was a producer and pioneer in the iron market. He and William Jennings Bryan had been competitors for the presidency in 1896 and 1900, with the principle problem of contention becoming the gold regular for U.S. money.

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Full Name William McKinley
Date Of Birth January 29, 1843
Died September 14, 1901, Buffalo, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Niles, OH
Height 1.7 m
Profession US President
Education Allegheny College, Poland Academy, Poland Seminary High School, Albany Law School
Nationality American
Spouse Ida Saxton McKinley
Children Katherine McKinley, Ida McKinley
Parents William McKinley Sr., Nancy Allison McKinley
Siblings Anna McKinley, Helen Minerva McKinley, David Allison McKinley, Sarah Elizabeth McKinley, James Rose McKinley, Abigail Celia McKinley, Abner Osborn McKinley, Mary McKinley
Movies McKinley at Home, Canton, Ohio
Star Sign Aquarius

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1McKinley Street in Hollywood, Florida was named for him. It is located between Cleveland Street (for President Grover Cleveland) and Roosevelt Street (for President Theodore Roosevelt), in the same order in which they served as President of the United States.
2Has a street named after him in Buffalo, New York, McKinley Ave.
3When he died in 1901, he left the bulk of his estate, valued at $200,000 to his wife Ida. He provided a $1,000 lifetime annuity to his mother, but since she had already died, it passed to his sister Helen.
4His portrait graced the $500 bill in the Series of 1928 and 1934, the latter being the last series of denominations over $100 printed by the United States. Although they hadn't been printed for many years, bills over $100 were officially discontinued by the U.S. Treasury in 1969, and the McKinley $500 bill stopped circulating.
5Third president to be successfully assassinated (an attempt on President Andrew Jackson's life failed) and the fourth president to die in office. Ironically, all presidents to have died in office since the first (William Henry Harrison in 1841) were elected 20 years apart: Harrison in 1840, Abraham Lincoln in 1860, James Garfield in 1880, McKinley in 1900, Warren G. Harding in 1920, Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940 and John F. Kennedy in 1960. Ronald Reagan (elected 1980) was the victim of an assassin's bullet in 1981, but he survived and broke the 120-year curse that had plagued the U.S. Presidency. There were two unsuccessful attempts made on President Gerald Ford's life, and an attempt by Puerto Rican nationalists to assassinate President Harry S. Truman was thwarted when the assassin, who didn't know that Truman wasn't at the White House, was killed in a shootout with White House guards.
6Obtained the rank of brevet major during the Civil War, being promoted by General (and future President) Rutherford B. Hayes. He was the last veteran of the Civil War to become president of the United States.
7Had two daughters who died as children.
8McKinley was the third US President to be assassinated. He was killed in September of 1901 by Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley was greeting visitors who were in line to meet him when Czolgosz approached him with a bandage on his hand. Inside the bandage was a pistol and he shot McKinley twice in the stomach. McKinley died of his wounds eight days later. Czolgosz claimed that the government was evil and sick and should be dismantled from the top down. He was tried, convicted and executed in the electric chair.
9Many of McKinley's advisers and aides did everything they could to keep his bodyguards on their toes, not for fear of his safety but because they feared Theodore Roosevelt gaining the office.
10Governor of Ohio, 1892-1896.
11U.S. Representative, 1877-1883, 1885-1891.
12The last Civil War veteran to be elected President.
13Pictured on a 5¢ US postage stamp issued 30 April 1904, as part of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition series.
14Pictured on a US 7¢ regular-issue postage stamp issued 1 May 1923.
15Pictured on the 25¢ US postage stamp in the Presidential Series, issued 2 December 1938.
1625th President of the United States, 1897-1901



President McKinley Leaving the White House for the Capitol1901Documentary shortHimself
The Second Inauguration1901Documentary shortHimself
President McKinley's Speech at the Pan-American Exposition1901ShortHimself
President McKinley at the Buffalo Exposition1901ShortHimself [President of the USA]
President McKinley Reviewing the Troops at the Pan-American Exposition1901ShortHimself
Launching of the New Battleship 'Ohio' at San Francisco, Cal. When President McKinley Was There1901Documentary shortHimself
President McKinley and Escort Going to the Capitol1901Documentary shortHimself
President McKinley Taking the Oath1901Documentary shortHimself
President McKinley Inauguration1901Documentary shortHimself
President McKinley Laying Corner Stone1900ShortHimself
Capt. Coghlan, One of the Manila Heroes, and Crew of the Raleigh, Reviewed by the President1899ShortHimself
President McKinley and Wife, Members of His Cabinet and Their Wives and Capt. Coghlan Leaving the Cruiser Raleigh1899ShortHimself
President McKinley Reviewing the Troops1899ShortHimself
Sev. Regiments Passing the Monument1899ShortHimself
Unveiling of Grant Monument1899ShortHimself
Presentation of Nation's Sword to Admiral Dewey1899ShortHimself
President and Mrs. McKinley1899ShortHimself
President McKinley1899ShortHimself
First City Troop of Philadelphia1899Documentary shortHimself
Mrs. U.S. Grant and President McKinley1899ShortHimself
President McKinley and Mayor Ashbridge of Philadelphia1899ShortHimself
McKinley Leaving State House, Boston1899ShortHimself
President McKinley and Cabinet at Camp Alger, May 28, 18981898ShortHimself
President McKinley's Inspection of Camp Wikoff1898ShortHimself
President McKinley's Inauguration1897Documentary shortHimself
Washington, le président Mac Kinley adressant son message1897Documentary shortHimself
General Porter's Oration1897Documentary shortHimself
President McKinley's Address1897ShortHimself
McKinley Leaving Church1897Documentary shortHimself
McKinley and Cleveland Going to the Capitol1897ShortHimself
McKinley and Others in Carriage1897ShortHimself
McKinley Taking the Oath1897ShortHimself
President Cleveland and President McKinley1897ShortHimself
Return of McKinley from the Capitol1897ShortHimself
Parade at Canton O. Showing Major McKinley in Carriage1896Documentary shortHimself
Wm. McKinley Receiving Telegram Announcing His Election1896Documentary shortHimself
William McKinley at Canton, Ohio1896Documentary shortHimself

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Archive Footage

America's Book of Secrets2012-2013TV Series documentaryHimself
The Presidents2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Modern Marvels2004TV Series documentaryHimself - President of the USA
The Century: America's Time1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Assassinations That Changed the World1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Stalking the President: A History of American Assassins1992DocumentaryHimself - Rides in Carriage, Funeral
Babe Ruth: The Man, the Myth, the Legend1990Video shortHimself
Days of McKinley, Bryan, and Teddy Roosevelt1952Documentary short
The Littlest Expert on My Favorite President1951ShortHimself
Fifty Years Before Your Eyes1950DocumentaryHimself
Forgotten Treasure1943ShortHimself
President McKinley and His Cabinet on the Reviewing Stand, at Fairmount Park, Phila., May 27, 18991903ShortHimself

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1Cuba ought to be free and independent, and the government should be turned over to the Cuban people.
2We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is Manifest Destiny.
3Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war.
4That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime - to set an example - and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history.
5In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.
6Expositions are the timekeepers of progress.
7I am a tariff man, standing on a tariff platform.
8The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation.
9Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles.
10The free man cannot be long an ignorant man.
11War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed.
12I have never been in doubt since I was old enough to think intelligently that I would someday be made president.

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