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President William McKinley

William McKinley (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 25th President of the United States from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term. McKinley was the last president to have served in the American Civil War. He promoted the tariffs to protect manufacturers from foreign competition, and in 1900, he secured the passage of the Gold Standard Act. He led the nation in the Spanish–American War of 1898: the U.S. victory was quick and decisive.
"The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation."
McKinley & Roosevelt
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Two protraits of President William McKinley

William McKinley (January 29, 1843 - September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States. He was elected twiice, in 1896 and 1900, but was assassinated in 1901 at the Pan-American Exposition in Buff... more

William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt

William McKinley (January 29, 1843 - September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States. He was elected twice, in 1896 and 1900, but was assassinated in 1901 at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffa... more

She 's all right / Ehrhart.

Print shows an angel labeled "National Credit" with wings labeled "Sound Financial Policy" and "Repeal of Sherman Silver Law" rising above the flames of the wreck of the "U.S. Treasury", with among the wreckage... more

An old imposition / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows President Cleveland as a railroad conductor collecting fares from William McKinley, who is holding a ticket labeled "War Tariff Pass" and an elderly man, dressed as an infant labeled "Infant Industr... more

They mourn their loss / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows William McKinley, Benjamin Harrison, and John Sherman as old women in mourning among gravestones labeled "Here lies our dear McKinley Bill. Ruthlessly assassinated in the flower of its youth by the ... more

The American farmer - where he has to sell, and where he has to buy / Dalrymple.

Print shows Uncle Sam as an American farmer trying to sell his products labeled "Pork, Wheat, Butter, Beef, Oats", and corn overseas where there is stiff "Open Competition" at the "Market of the World" represen... more

The dear creatures / F.M.H.

Print shows an old woman sitting on a bench, holding a purse labeled "G.O.P.", with Benjanim Harrison on the left and William McKinley on the right, vying for her attentions.

The neglected idol / Dalrymple.

Print shows William McKinley as Napoleon I, wearing the hat, coat, and sword in the style of Napoleon, standing on a pedestal labeled "Protection", with a tiny wreath labeled "From Southern Friends" lying on th... more

Just what might have been expected / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows Willima McKinley sitting on the porch of a house labeled "Presidential Hopes", flying a banner that states "The Foreigner Pays the Tax", built on stilts on a sandy beach; a rising tide labeled "Busi... more

Cause for worry / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows William L. Wilson as a nurse feeding an infant labeled "Infant Industries" from a large bowl labeled "Tariff Reform"; entering through a door in the background is William McKinley, also as a nurse, ... more

Poor Tammany! / F. Opper.

Print shows the Tammany Tiger wearing a campaign button that states "16 to 1 Bryan and Sewall", and a watch chain with a "Pawn Ticket" instead of the watch, bemoaning the fact that the Republican Party platform... more

Just wobbling! / Dalrymple.

Print shows William McKinley struggling to ride a wooden bicycle with wooden wheels labeled "McKinley's Financial Bicycle".

With the compliments of the season / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows President-elect William McKinley sitting in a chair, reading a magazine, with a Christmas tree in the background; Puck is standing at the door on the left, with a lithographic pen and a sign that st... more

The great unknown / Dalrymple.

Print shows William McKinley wearing military uniform underneath a large veil on a pedestal labeled "I am the Veiled Mahatma of Prosperity! Believe in Me, Ask No Questions, and You will all Roll in Riches!!!", ... more

The poster craze in candidateville / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows Uncle Sam strolling through a maze of presidential campaign posters along "Presidential Avenue" being posted by several of the candidates, including William "McKinley on his High Charger 'War-Tariff... more

Trying it on / F. Opper.

Print shows an unhappy William McKinley, wearing a military hat with cockade labeled "Protection", at a tailor's shop known as "Hanna, Platt & Co. Political Clothiers", where he is being fitted for a coat with ... more

When McKinley is president / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows Uncle Sam sitting on the steps to the White House as a man (McKinley) wearing a top hat labeled "Monopoly" walks up the steps to enter the White House.

Thanksgiving / Dalrymple.

Print shows Mark Hanna about to carve a large turkey labeled "Presidency" resting on a gold platter labeled "Sound Money Vote"; newly elected president William McKinley is sitting at the head of the table, look... more

He starts in with an Austerlitz / Dalrymple.

Print shows William McKinley sitting on a white horse on a cliff, as the brilliant leader of a successful military campaign, with Mark A. Hanna standing next to him, holding a banner that states "Three Cheers a... more

His triumphal progress / Dalrymple.

Print shows a nervous William McKinley riding in a lop-sided chariot with a large gold dollar labeled "Gold Standard" on one side and a tiny wheel labeled "Tariff?" on the other; the chariot is being pulled by ... more

They both claim him / Keppler.

Print shows William McKinley sitting on a wooden horse labeled "High Protection" with a "Silverite" on the left and a "Gold Bug" on the right pulling him in opposite directions.

The open sesame / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows William McKinley as Ali Baba kneeling before a slightly opened door in the "High-Tariff Robber Barons Cave", holding a bag labeled "McKinley Boom Fund", which is being filled with coins issuing from... more

The political tam o'shanter / Gillam ; Sackett & Wilhelms Litho. Co., New York.

William McKinley, riding horse "national credit," being chased by women, "anarchy," "free trade," "sectionalism," and "popocracy," with one of them holding the tail of the horse, "four years of business depression."

The "advance-agent of prosperity" on the road / Dalrymple.

Print shows a larger-than-life-sized William McKinley campaigning on a street among by a "Miner, Merchant, Mechanic [and his family], Farmer [with basket of corn labeled "Low Prices"], Banker, [and a] Manufactu... more

William McKinley (and wife)

Bust portraits of both and their house.

"All aboard for the millennium!" / Opper and Keppler.

Print shows "Captain Bill McKinley" standing at the bow of a steamboat labeled "High Protection" and "Monopoly & Co. builders" that has been patched in several places, listing to the stern, and is overloaded wi... more

W-h-o-a!!! / Dalrymple.

Print shows William McKinley driving a large circus carriage labeled "McKinley's Presidential Band Wagon" being pulled by the Republican Elephant labeled "G.O.P." which has come to a stop at a sign at the edge ... more

A puzzle / Keppler.

Print shows President McKinley as a dairy farmer milking a cow labeled "Patronage", and many hands holding out containers, most labeled "From Ohio", for a share of the milk. Mark Hanna was a senator from Ohio w... more

Wrapped up in his pet idea / Dalrymple.

Print shows President McKinley wearing a long cape labeled "Protection Monomania", sitting at a desk working on his "Tariff Plans", while ignoring a businessman who offers "Suggestions for Financial Reform"; in... more

Inauguration day, 1897 - a good beginning / Dalrymple.

Print shows President William McKinley sitting at his desk in the oval office, as former president Grover Cleveland departs with Uncle Sam; Puck is standing on a step-ladder, carving "McKinleys Good Record" and... more

Unpleasant plight of the "advance agent of prosperity" / Dalrymple.

Print shows President McKinley riding on the back of a large tortise labeled "Congress", its body bound with ribbons labeled "Demands of Populists", "Concessions", "Demands, East, West, North, and South", "Dema... more

He has one medicine for all ills / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows President McKinley as a physician dispensing strong "Tariff" medicine in the men's ward of a sanatorium where beds line the walls and are occupied by a "Business Man", a "Populist", a "Jingoist", a ... more

Papa's pet / Dalrymple.

Print shows President McKinley as a father showing favoritism by holding an infant labeled "High Protective Tariff", while ignoring another infant labeled "Financial Question" crying in a high chair.

Another shotgun wedding, with neither party willing / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows a shotgun wedding between Uncle Sam and a young woman labeled "Hawaii"; a former Confederate general labeled "Sen. Morgan" with a "Jingo" feather in his hat, stands behind them, holding a shotgun la... more

Pres't McKinley in Asheville

President McKinley and others posing in an open automobile with mountains and rustic structure in background.

President McKinley making his inaugural address [March 4, 1897]

McKinley in inaugural stand, on ground level, near Senate wing of east portico of U.S. Capitol.

A fourth of July celebration under difficulties / Dalrymple.

Print shows President McKinley, as a young boy, attempting to light the fuse to a fireworks-rocket labeled "Prosperity" using "McKinley Administration Matches" during a rain storm beneath dark clouds labeled "T... more

Another delay / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows President McKinley addressing an audience from a stage in a theater; behind the curtain, an overturned hat labeled "Aldrich" lies on the stage next to a man holding papers labeled "Committee on Fina... more

A promising chicken / Dalrymple.

Print shows a small chick labeled "Prosperity" that has emerged from a large egg labeled "Easter 1897"; a rooster labeled "Rep. Party" is crowing in the background and a hen with the head of President McKinley ... more

McKinley & cabinet

President William McKinley and his cabinet around table.

McKinley's valentines from his expectant and hopeful fellow-citizens / F. Opper.

Print shows President McKinley standing at center holding a large cornucopia and emitting rays labeled "Prosperity", while around him are vignettes showing people from all walks of life, doctors, cabbies, club ... more

His foolish effort to raise the wind / Dalrymple.

Print shows President McKinley sitting in a sailboat labeled "Prosperity", using a bellows labeled "Tariff for Trusts" to generate enough wind to fill the sails and propel the boat.

The ball room, McKinley inauguration, Washington, U.S.A.

Photograph shows interior stereo view of the ballroom at the Pension Building (National Building Museum).

The keepers at the gate / Keppler.

Print shows a farmer on "Prosperity Road" stopped at a gate labeled "Dingley Tariff", standing in his wagon, handing a heavy bag labeled "Toll" to a well-dressed bloated man labeled "Monopoly" sitting on a larg... more

Firing up the wrong boiler / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows President McKinley holding an oil can labeled "Patronage" and turning the crank on a "Prosperity Engine" while Nelson Dingley shovels coal into a damaged "Protection Boiler" labeled "High Tariff Def... more

They expect the impossible / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows President William McKinley as Moses with two rays of light emitting from his top hat, and wearing a red cape labeled "McKinley", standing next to a large rock labeled "Prosperity" that has split and... more

The old story / Keppler.

Print shows Puck holding a lithographic pen, talking to President McKinley as a "shiftless tenant" sitting in a rocking chair while the roof labeled "Bad Currency System" on his house deteriorates, creating a large hole.

A little suggestion / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows President McKinley taking a break to smoke a cigar while a wax figure sits at his desk to suggest that he is hard at work reviewing applications from office seekers who are clamoring in the backgrou... more

The nurses did it / C.J. Taylor.

Print shows a vignette cartoon with five scenes in which presidents Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, and William McKinley nurse a foundling labeled "Civil Service Reform" discovered on "the White House step... more

Unconditional surrender / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows President McKinley capitulating to special interests and political patronage by offering his sword labeled "Patronage" to Marcus A. Hanna, Thomas C. Platt, and Matthew S. Quay. The dejected members ... more

"She has seen better days" / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows an old woman sitting alone by the side of a road, with a traveling bag labeled "Miss Democracy"; the U.S. Capitol is in the background, flying a flag that states "March 4th".

Chief Justice Fuller administering the oath of office to Major M[cKinley]

Chief Justice Melville Weston Fuller, McKinley, and Grover Cleveland.

"McKinleyism" / Keppler.

Print shows, on the left, a fat businessman labeled "Monopolist" being welcomed into the "U.S. Senate", and on the right, a "Tax Payer" being booted out by a large shoe labeled "Tariff Legislation".

An Easter sermon / Dalrymple.

Print shows President William McKinley stopping the hand of a man wearing buccaneer clothing and holding a large sword labeled "Yellow Journalism" and a trumpet labeled "War"; on the right is a goose wearing a ... more

Anything for a scandal / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows President William McKinley standing at the edge of a mudhole labeled "Slander" and "Abuse", his right hand raised to a "stop" gesture, and he holds a mud-splattered American flag in his left hand. T... more

M'Kinley at nineteen years of age

William McKinley, bust portrait, facing front.

The yellow pest - putting its nose into everything / Dalrymple.

Print shows President William McKinley sitting at a desk, holding a large paper that shows "President McKinley's War Policy". A newspaper reporter, most likely Joseph Pulitzer", leaning through an open window a... more

Honor to McKinley! / Keppler.

Print shows Joseph Pulitzer and a monkey, possibly meant to represent William R. Hearst, as editors of yellow journalism newspapers wrapped up in their papers with outrageous headlines, calling for a declaratio... more

He'd better cut behind / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows President McKinley driving a sleigh labeled "Prosperity", drawn by a horse labeled "Administration", and towing two small sleds, one labeled "Defective Currency System" is carrying William Jennings ... more

Ready for duty / Dalrymple.

Print shows Puck holding suitcase with sword, standing before President William McKinley, offering his services; McKinley is sitting in a chair, holding a quill pen and papers, behind him, hanging on the wall, ... more

The bugaboo of the anti-expansionist / Keppler.

Print shows President William McKinley riding on an elephant driven by Marcus A. Hanna and carrying Russell A. Alger, Nelson Dingley, William R. Day, and William T. Sampson. A second elephant follows, and a gro... more

Washington, D.C.--President McKinley and Admiral Dewey at the "Benediction" by Cardinal Gibbons

Celebration of Admiral George Dewey's arrival in Washington, 1899.

Hit him hard! President McKinley - "Mosquitoes seem to be worse here in the Philippines than they were in Cuba" / Grant Hamilton.

William McKinley about to swat "insurgent Aguinaldo," a mosquito, as other "insurgent" mosquitoes prepare to attack him.

A thing well begun is half done / Victor Gillam.

Illustration shows President McKinley straddling the "Gulf of Mexico" with one foot on the United States and the other on Mexico or Central America, rolling up his sleeves to resume work on the "Proposed Nicara... more

Sweet dreams / Keppler.

Print shows President William McKinley asleep in bed dreaming of William Jennings Bryan riding the Democratic donkey and leading members of the Democratic Party down the path of "Anti-American Foreign Policy", ... more

The cunning Republican scheme / Dalrymple.

Print shows William Jennings Bryan as a goose flapping his wings and squawking, perched on a nest with a large egg labeled "Free Silver 16 to 1", at his feet is a bowl of food labeled "Republican Non-Interferen... more

Our busy old women / J.S. Pughe.

Print shows a large monument constructed "A.D. 1898" showing statues of President William McKinley labeled "Administration", General William R. Shafter labeled "Army", and Admiral George Dewey labeled "Navy", a... more

"Through peace to happiness" / Keppler.

Print shows William McKinley as a circus ringmaster trying to coax a defiant Emilio Aguinaldo to jump through a hoop labeled "Peace"; standing in the background are three figures labeled "Cuba, Porto Rico, [and] Hawaii".

"Who will haul it down?" / Dalrymple.

Print shows President William McKinley standing on a road leading to the White House at the end of the road, in the background; he is delivering a speech, with a group of newspaper editors and congressmen, to t... more

Declined with thanks / J.S. Pughe.

Cartoon showing Uncle Sam as a large, fat man, anti-expansionists saying, "Here, take a dose of this anti-fat and get thin again!" Uncle Sam replies, "No, Sonny! I never did take any of that stuff, and I'm too... more