In his second term, McKinley established the gold standard as the official backing of American currency.
McKinley's difficult foreign policy decisions, especially his policy toward China and his decision to go to war with Spain over Cuban independence, helped the U.S. enter the twentieth century as a new and powerful empire on the world stage
Spain's brutal suppression of revolutionaries in Cuba motivated Congress, with McKinley's support, to pass a war resolution in 1898 with an amendment that guaranteed Cuba's eventual independence. In the course of a three month war, the U.S. destroyed the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay, the Rough Riders rode into Cuba, and Puerto Rico was captured
For a long time, William McKinley was considered a mediocre President, a chief executive who was controlled by his political cronies and who was pressured into war with Spain by the press. Recent historians have been kinder to McKinley, seeing him instead as a decisive President who put America on the road to world power
McKinley called Congress into special session to pass the Dingley Tariff Act of 1897 as one his first actions as president. The Dingley Tariff raised import duties even higher than the already highly protectionist McKinley Tariff.
The presidential campaign of William McKinley vs. William Jennings Bryan in 1896 is legendary and was close, even by Bush V. Gore standards. McKinley won most of the delegates, but only captured 51% of the vote.
He died of gangrene eight days after he was hit and was replaced in office by his far more memorable Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt.
McKinley was born in Niles, Ohio. When he was ten his family moved to Poland, Ohio ten miles away. McKinley attended public schools in Poland and in 1852 he enrolled in Ohio's Poland Seminary
President William McKinley was a pioneer in establishing recognizably modern relationships with the Washington press corps. Unlike previous presidents, he actively cultivated the goodwill of correspondents through regular meetings, and for the first time, provided them with facilities in the White House
In September, 1901, while touring the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, McKinley was assassinated by Leon Czolgosx, a young unemployed laborer and anarchist