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.
Life Portrait William McKinley
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.
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Some American presidents have their faces on currency , some get memorialized in films and sketches. Then there are the others, whose all-but-forgotten names are unceremoniously attached to middle schools and parks across the country—or removed from major mountains. After the Civil War erupted, he volunteered for the Union Army, rose to the rank of second lieutenant, and received a brevet commission to major. Following the war he apprenticed under an attorney, studied law for less than a year at New York's Albany College, and was admitted to the bar back in Ohio in March Nine years later, McKinley defended a group of striking coal miners who allegedly incited a riot at a mine in Tuscarawas Valley before tussling with the Ohio militia sent by Governor Rutherford B. All but one of the miners was acquitted, and McKinley refused any compensation for his services. After the American battleship Maine exploded and sank under mysterious circumstances off the coast of Havana in February , killing sailors, McKinley demanded Spain grant independence to Cuba, and Congress authorized a declaration of war on April 25, though they retroactively dated it to April
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.
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.
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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.
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