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25th President (1897-1901)

Biographical Data
Religious Views
References, Links, & Further Reading

Education: Allegheny College (did not graduate)

Occupation: lawyer

Political Affiliation: Republican

Organizational Affiliation(s): Mason

Religious Affiliation: Methodist

Summary of Religious Views:

Views on Religion & Politics:

McKinley believed the U.S. government had a duty to help spread Christianity and Western civilization to the rest of the world.


"I assume the arduous and responsible duties of President of the United States, relying upon the support of my countrymen and invoking the guidance of Almighty God. Our faith teaches that there is no safer reliance than upon the God of our fathers, who has so singularly favored the American people in every national trial, and who will not forsake us so long as we obey His commandments and walk humbly in His footsteps" -- First Inaugural Address, 4 March 1897

"Good-bye - good bye, all. It's God's way. His will, not ours, be done. Nearer my God to Thee, nearer to Thee." -- last words before death, 14 September 1901

References, Links, & Further Reading: Books, Articles, Links


John M. Dobson, Reticent Expansionism: The Foreign Policy of William McKinley, Duquesne Univ. Press, 1988
Paul W. Glad, McKinley, Bryan, and the People, Lippincott Press, 1953; reprint, I. R. Dee, 1991
Lewis L. Gould, The Presidency of William McKinley (American Presidency Series), Univ. of Kansas Press, 1980
Lewis L. Gould, The Spanish-American War and President McKinley, Univ. Press of Kansas, 1982
Eva E. Higgins, William McKinley: An Inspiring Biography, Daring Books, 1990
Richard McElroy, William McKinley and Our America: A Pictorial History, Stark County Historical Society, 1996
H. Wayne Morgan, William McKinley and His America , Syracuse Univ. Press, 1963
Charles Sumner Olcott, The Life of William McKinley, 2 vols., Houghton Mifflin, 1916; Vol. 1 Vol. 2


Henry B.F. Macfarland, "Mr. McKinley as President," The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 87, No. 3, March 1901, pp. 299 - 313


Works by William McKinley

William McKinley: Selected Works (Humanities Web)
Document Library (TeachingAmericanHistory.org)
First Inaugural Address (AMDOCS)
First Inaugural Address of William McKinley (Avalon Project -- Yale Law School)
Second Inaugural Address (AMDOCS)
The Acquisition of the Philippines (Documents Relating to American Foreign Policy -- Mt. Holyoke)
War Message (Documents Relating to American Foreign Policy -- Mt. Holyoke)
The Last Speech of William McKinley -- Buffalo, New York, 5 September 1901 (The American Experience -- PBS)
William McKinley -- 1896 campaign speech (Vincent Voice Library -- Michigan State University Libraries)

Biographical Sites

William McKinley [alternate site] (POTUS)
William McKinley (White House)
McKINLEY, William, Jr., 1843-1901 (Biographical Directory of the US Congress)
William McKinley (USA Presidents)
William McKinley (The Spanish American War Centennial Website)
Moral and Political Ideals of William McKinley (Bowling Green State University)
President McKinley and American Expansion (The American Experience -- PBS)
Life Portrait of William McKinley (C-SPAN)
This Week In Quartermaster History -- McKinley at Antietam (Quartermaster Museum)
McKinley Memorial Library & Museum
William McKinley (Medical History of the Presidents of the United States)
William McKinley (Baseball Almanac)

William McKinley's Assassination

The Assassination of President William McKinley (Anarchy Archives -- Pitzer College)
McKinley Assassination Historical Site
Some lessons from the assassination of President William McKinley : by Rev. Francis J. Grimke (Library of Congress)

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