Profession: 25th US President
Political Party: Republican Political Titles: Governor of Ohio
Why Famous: McKinley previously served as the Governor of Ohio before becoming the 25th President of the United States. He served as president from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term.
McKinley won the presidency during a time of deep economic depression, and rapid economic recovery was the hallmark of his term. McKinley supported tariffs, such as the Dingley Tariff in 1897, which helped protect manufacturers from foreign competition. He also maintained the nation on the gold standard in a rejection of inflationary proposals.
In foreign affairs he led the nation in the Spanish–American War, which ended in a decisive American victory and gained the nation control of the Spanish colonies of Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines. In 1898 the US annexed the Kingdom of Hawaii and it became a US territory.
In 1900 McKinley won re-election. Six months into his term, on September 6, 1901, he was shot by Leon Czolgosz, a Polish-American anarchist. He died eight days later and was succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.
- 1871-01-25 US President William McKinley (27) weds Ida Saxton (23) at the First Presbyterian Church in Canton
- 1896-11-03 William McKinley (R) defeats William Jennings Bryan (D) for president
- 1897-03-04 William McKinley inaugurated as 25th US President
- 1900-06-19 Republican Party nominates President William McKinley for re-election, but chooses a new candidate for Vice-President, Theodore Roosevelt
- 1900-11-06 Republican US President William McKinley and his Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt, defeat Democrat William Jennings Bryan
- 1901-03-04 William McKinley inaugurated for 2nd term as US president; Theodore Roosevelt serves as Vice President
- 1901-09-06 US President William McKinley is shot by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, while visiting the Pan-American Exposition in New York