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Presidential Administrations, William McKinley: Topics in Chronicling America

As the 25th U.S. President, William McKinley saw war, economic growth and assassination. This guide provides access to material related to the "McKinley's Presidential Administration" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


Photograph of President William McKinley. September 14, 1901. The Minneapolis Journal (Minneapolis, MN), Image 13. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

After his inauguration on March 4, 1897, President William McKinley began his presidency by signing into law the highest tariff ever enacted. Throughout his administration, the United States would engage in imperialistic annexations of Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. McKinley was just beginning his second term when a bullet cut his presidency short in an assassination by an anarchist. 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.


July 1897 Dingley Tariff.
July 6, 1898 Annexation of Hawaii.
April-August 1898 Spanish American war.
1899-1902 Philippine-American war.
1899-1901 Boxer rebellion.
1900 Gold Standard Act.
September 6, 1901 President McKinley shot.
September 14, 1901 President McKinley dies.