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Mr. President

William McKinley
Twenty-Fifth President, 1897–1901

“Isolation is no longer possible or desirable.”

Worldly Wise:
Republican William McKinley was a popular president who expanded the U.S. role in world affairs. The chief event of his presidency was the Spanish-American War, which resulted in the U.S. acquisition of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam. During this time, the United States also annexed Hawaii. Shortly after McKinley was reelected to a second term, he was assassinated. The country went into a period of deep mourning for the man who Theodore Roosevelt called “the most widely loved man in all the United States.”

Portrait by Adolfo Muller-Ury , circa 1901 . NPG.97.157 , Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery .

Fast Facts
Party: Republican
Date of Birth: Sunday, January 29, 1843
Date of Death: Saturday, September 14, 1901
Vice President: Garret A. Hobart, Theodore Roosevelt
First Lady: Ida Saxton McKinley

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