William McKinley (The American Presidents, #25) by Kevin PhillipsA bestselling historian and political commentator reconsiders McKinleys overshadowed legacy
By any serious measurement, bestselling historian Kevin Phillips argues, William McKinley was a major American president. It was during his administration that the United States made its diplomatic and military debut as a world power. McKinley was one of eight presidents who, either in the White House or on the battlefield, stood as principals in successful wars, and he was among the six or seven to take office in what became recognized as a major realignment of the U.S. party system.
Phillips, author of Wealth and Democracy and The Cousins War, has long been fascinated with McKinley in the context of how the GOP began each of its cycles of power. He argues that McKinleys lackluster ratings have been sustained not by unjust biographers but by years of criticism about his personality, indirect methodologies, middle-class demeanor, and tactical inability to inspire the American public. In this powerful and persuasive biography, Phillips musters convincing evidence that McKinleys desire to heal, renew prosperity, and reunite the country qualify him for promotion into the ranks of the best chief executives.
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Yellow journalism at the time urged McKinley to start a war with Spain, leading to an American global empire. As a young man, he briefly attended Allegheny College before taking a post as a country schoolteacher. When the Civil War broke out in , McKinley enlisted in the Union Army; he eventually earned the rank of brevet major of volunteers. Returning to Ohio after the war, McKinley studied law, opened his own practice in Canton, Ohio, and married Ida Saxton, the daughter of a local banker. After the deaths, in quick succession, of her mother and her two young daughters early in their marriage, Ida's health rapidly deteriorated, and she spent the rest of her life as a chronic invalid. McKinley patiently catered to his wife throughout his burgeoning political career, winning praise from the public for his loving devotion to her. McKinley entered Ohio politics in and rose through the ranks as a Republican, winning election to the U.
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For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America. McKinley was the son of William McKinley, a manager of a charcoal furnace and a small-scale iron founder, and Nancy Allison. Hayes , later the 19th president of the United States — Promoted second lieutenant for his bravery in the Battle of Antietam , he was discharged a brevet major in Returning to Ohio, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in , and opened a law office in Canton , where he resided—except for his years in Washington, D.
McKinley was the first president to ride in an automobile while in office. After he was shot, he was transported to the hospital in an electric ambulance. Hayes, who also became President of the United States. McKinley loved carnations and wore them as a good luck charm. While attending the Pan-American Exposition on September 6, , he greeted a line of people. McKinley pulled his famous red carnation from his lapel and gave it to a little girl waiting in line. McKinley died eight days later.
William McKinley - served as America's twenty-fifth president. McKinley was assassinated near the start of his second term. Here is a quick list of fast facts for William McKinley. For more in depth information, you can also read the William McKinley Biography. Ida Saxton. It is manifest destiny.
What are some interesting and important facts about his presidency? And what are some cool, fun facts about the man? The dates of his presidency span March 4, to September 14, Our fun facts and trivia begin with the following info:. William McKinley Facts for Kids The following fact sheet provides a fast overview and fun facts about the William McKinley Presidency with interesting and important information about some important events and accomplishments of his presidency.