William McKinley. William McKinley was the twenty-fifth President of the United States of America. His presidency is ranked favorably in general, although there is some controversy. He was reelected and served about half of a year before he was assassinated by an anarchist. There was hope that he would live, however he died September 14, 1901.
William McKinley was born in Niles, Ohio the seventh child of his parents. His family had strong beliefs. They were Whigs, abolitionists, and Methodists. William McKinley became an active member of his church when he was sixteen and remained an active member of Methodist churches throughout his life. He volunteered for service in the Union Army when he was a young man. He served from 1861 until 1865 achieving the rank of brevet major.
When the war ended, William McKinley began his studies to become a lawyer. He studied in a law office and at Albany Law School. He was admitted to the bar in Warren, Ohio in1867. He married Ida Saxton in 1871. Their first daughter was born late that year and their second daughter was born a couple years later. Sadly, both girls died. The second baby died as a baby and the first died of typhoid fever in 1875. Ida McKinley developed epilepsy. She continued to encourage William McKinley’s law career and encouraged him to pursue a political career as well. He remained a devoted husband.
William McKinley became a Member of the House of Representatives from Ohio.and served for over a decade. He became the 39th Governor of Ohio before becoming President of the United States. While President he led the United States to victory in the Spanish-American War. Spain agreed to terms in the Treaty of Paris in 1898. The United States acquired Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Spain agreed to give up its claims to Cuba. The Senate approved the treaty in 1899. Also while President McKinley raised protective tariffs to promote American industry and kept the nation on the gold standard.
William McKinley’s death put the citizens of the United States into mourning. Memorials and tributes are plenty. His legacy is close to the strength of his beliefs. Believe in yourself today! Have a bright day!