I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may help each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America,
William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States. He held the office from March 4, 1897 until September 14, 1901. He was, also, a lawyer and politician. He was in the United States Union Army during the Civil War.
William McKinley, Jr. was born in 1843 in Niles, Ohio. He had six siblings. In 1860, he started attending Allegheny College. He later attended Mount Union College, but graduated from neither school. He took some jobs and helped with his family’s finances. He then served for the United States Union Army during the Civil War. Following the war, McKinley decided to study the law in a law office in Poland, Ohio. He then attended Albany Law School in New York. He next returned to Ohio and was admitted to the bar in 1867. He opened a law practice and got involved in local politics. In 1869, he became the Prosecuting Attorney of Stark County.
William McKinley married Ida Saxton in 1871. They had two daughters, however both soon died. Ida developed epilepsy and McKinley remained a devoted, loving husband.
In 1877, McKinley became a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served terms for different Ohio districts. In 1889, he became Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. In 1892, he began serving as the Governor of Ohio. Next came his Presidency.
In 1898, the Spanish-American War occurred and McKinley led America to victory. He helped American industry by raising protective tariffs. High tariffs gave him the nickname The Napoleon of Protection. Economic growth marked McKinley’s Presidency. He made effort to improve race relations for African Americans as well.
Months after being reelected and starting his second term as President, William McKinley was shot in the Temple of Music at an Exposition. President McKinley died days later on September 14, 1901. McKinley died a well-liked and respected President. There have been many memorials and places have been named after him.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!