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William McKinley Fact Sheet

William McKinley

The 25th President of the United States

Name: William McKinley

Number of terms he served: One

Year he took office: 1897

Birth Date: January 29th, 1843

Age when he took office: 54

State of Birth: Niles, Ohio

Vice President: Garret A. Hobart (1), Theodore Roosevelt (2)

What Party was he from: Republican

What was his major contribution while in office:

McKinley was the President during the Spanish-American war, but while it was a war it was a very short and harmless war for the U.S. McKinley sent seventeen-thousand soldiers from Florida to Cuba, these soldiers were the first Volunteer Cavalry Regiment also called the Rough Riders. While the Rough Riders were untrained they had an advantage over the Spanish because  the U.S. Navy was also sent out to fight the Spanish. On August 12th 1899 the Spanish surrendered and the U.S. took over Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.

What did he do after he left office:

When McKinley was giving a speech on a fairground there were some 50,000 people listening. One, Leon Czolgosz, was hoping to assassinate the President. Czolgosz couldn’t get close enough to the President so he waited until the next day at the Temple of Music, where he shot McKinley in the abdomen twice.  

Did he have a nickname:

Yes, Wobbly Willie

Was he married:

Yes, Ida Saxton

Did he have children:

Yes, two

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