1896 Presidential Election of William McKinley: Topics in Chronicling America
In 1896, President McKinley was elected to his first term. This guide provides access to materials related to the “1896 Presidential Election” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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After clinching the Republic nomination for President, William McKinley launches a new and ingenious campaign strategy of “front porch talks.” McKinley then goes on to defeat the fiery orator William Jennings Bryan in 1896. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
June 16, 1896
Republican Party Convention begins in St Louis, MO.
June 17, 1896
William McKinley receives the Republican Party nomination.
July 7, 1896
Democratic Convention begins In Chicago, Il.
July 9, 1896
William Jennings Bryan gives his famous "Cross of Gold" speech.
Aug 10, 1896
Bryan receives the nomination of the Democratic and Populist Parties.
Aug 12, 1896
Bryan receives the nomination of the Free Silver Party.