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1900 Presidential Election of William McKinley: Topics in Chronicling America

In 1900, William McKinley won re-election for President in a landslide.This guide provides access to materials related to the “1900 Presidential Election” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


"The story of McKinley's election is better told by the above picture than by any words that might be framed" November 7, 1900. The Houston Daily Post (Houston, TX), Image 1. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

The 1900 election saw a rematch of familiar political foes: William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan once again faced off for the highest office in the land. After winning the Republican nomination by acclamation, the McKinley and Roosevelt would go on to win the 1900 election in a landslide. 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 21, 1900 Incumbent McKinley nominated by Republican party; Theodore Roosevelt named as running mate.
July 6, 1900 William Jennings Bryan is chosen as Democratic nominee; Adlai Stevenson as his running mate.
November 6, 1900 McKinley wins the general election.