William McKinley

  • Max J. Skidmore
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency book series (EAP)


McKinley’s victory was huge, not in popular vote but in having inspired Republican majorities at all levels of government, majorities that were to last for decades. This was as important as any of his actions as president—and he was an extraordinary president. He dominated Congress, was enormously popular, and despite the conventional wisdom that presents him as a dull conservative, he set the scene for the vibrancy of his successor, the dynamic Theodore Roosevelt, who had been his vice president. When Theodore Roosevelt said he intended his presidency to be a continuation of McKinley’s, it appears as though he meant it, and was not engaging merely in public relations.


Conventional Wisdom Vice President Party System Popular Vote Modern President 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 4.
    Samuel Fallows, Life of William McKinley: Our Martyred President, Chicago: Regan Printing House, 1901, pp. 44–57; this volume also includes biographies of the two presidents who had been assassinated previously, Lincoln and Garfield, and of the then sitting president, Theodore Roosevelt.Google Scholar
  2. 5.
    James W. Loewen and Edward H. Sebesta, eds., The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader: The ‘Great Truth’ about the ‘Lost Cause’,” Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010, p. 296.Google Scholar
  3. 8.
    Doris Kearns Goodwin, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2013, p. 714.Google Scholar
  4. 10.
    James Ford Rhodes, The McKinley and Roosevelt Administrations 1897–1909, New York: Macmillan, 1922, p. 172.Google Scholar
  5. 16.
    Joan Walsh, U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009, p. 297.Google Scholar
  6. 36.
    Charles W. Calhoun (ed.), “The Political Culture: Public Life and the Conduct of Politics,” in The Gilded Age: Perspectives on the Origins of Modern America, Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007, pp. 239–264; quotations on p. 259.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Max J. Skidmore 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Max J. Skidmore
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of MissouriUSA

Personalised recommendations