William McKinley was elected president in 1896, defeating William Jennings Bryan. This guide provides access to digital materials at the Library of Congress, links to external websites, and a print bibliography.
Ken Drexler, Reference Specialist, Researcher and Reference Services Division
Created: January 24, 2023
Last Updated: February 2, 2023
William McKinley (Republican) defeated William Jennings Bryan (Democratic/Populist) in the 1896 presidential election. The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1896, including manuscripts, broadsides, prints, political cartoons, sheet music, and newspaper articles.
This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1896 that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on the 1896 election and a selected bibliography.