William McKinley and His America

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Kent State University Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 488 pages
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When George W. Bush won the White House, he was the first incumbent Republican governor elected president since William McKinley in 1896. William McKinley was the last of the Civil War veterans to reach the White House. Known widely as the Major, in honor of his military rank, he rose through Congress to head the crucial Ways and Means Committee where, in the early 1890s, he passed a strong and popular tariff bill. That success caught the eye of Marcus Hanna, a Cleveland industrialist with a passion for politics and an ambition to help make and elect a president. Democrats complained that McKinley was a mere puppet of the wealthy Hanna, but historians generally believe they were a well-matched team of two strong-willed men. With Hanna's help, McKinley was elected governor of Ohio in 1892. In 1896 McKinley swept away all rivals to win the presidential nomination on the first ballot. Faced in the general election by the well-respected and highly toured orator William Jennings Bryan, Republicans adopted their Front Porch Campaign. Thousands of citizens from across the country were brought to McKinley's home in Canton for a handshake and a few words. Hanna arranged for this USD3-5 mi
  

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William McKinley and His America by Wayne Morgan 3 Stars McKinley was the last Civil War veteran to serve as president. Interestingly, his mother was disappointed he became president. She envisioned ... Read full review

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Pretty good presidential biography, solidly written and easy to read. Not spectacular like some, but much better than many i've read. More detail than i've been getting from some recent bios, but i ... Read full review

Contents

Origins and Ancestors
1
The Volunteer Soldier
13
Ohio Lawyer
28
Raising the Standard of Protection
44
Congressman William McKinley
63
Ohio Politics 18801890
73
A National Figure
83
Victory and Defeat
96
If Cuba Libre
248
From Peace to War
266
CommanderinChief
288
Making Peace
303
Problems of Empire
323
The Diplomacy of Power
343
President of All the People
362
Journey to Buffalo
389

Governor of Ohio
117
The McKinley Boom
140
The FrontPorch Campaign
160
Cabinetmaking
190
The New Administration
207
Presidential Profile
229
Epilogue
404
Notes
407
Bibliographical Essay
458
Index
474
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A. Wayne Morgan is professor emeritus of history at the University of Oklahoma.

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