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William McKinley: A Presidential Unit

William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States of America. He was born 29 January 1843 in Niles, Ohio and died 14 September 1901. McKinley was the third president to be assassinated.

Political Party: Republican
Years Served: March 4, 1897 to September 14, 1901
Vice President(s): Garret Hobart (1897 - 1901) and Theodore Roosevelt (1901)
Name of his parents: William McKinley and Nancy Campbell Allison McKinley
Wife's name: Ida Saxton
Yearly Salary as President: $50,000
Physical Stature: 5 feet, 7 inches
State of Birth: Ohio

"William McKinley fought for the Union in the Civil War when he was just 19. His commander was future President Rutherford B. Hayes. They became friends and William got his start in politics helping Hayes's campaigns. McKinley enjoyed campaigning so much that, after he himself came to political office, he would telephone supporters personally. Also, he and his staff invented the campaign button.

William McKinely married Ida Saxton on 25 January 1871. They had two children who died young. Ida was ill for much of her life, and despite a busy political career, William took good care of her.

William McKinley was assassinated while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY. he was shot by a man named Leon Czolgosz, who didn't believe in government and water to kill a great ruler. Vice-President Teddy Roosevelt then became President.

It was during McKinley's time in office that the US Battleship Maine was blown up in the Havana, Cuba harbor. This resulted in a war with Spain that eventually ceded Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines to the United States."

On Line Lesson Plans:

William McKinley from TeacherVision
William McKinley
Presidential Thinkquest

Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie's Page
Grover Cleveland from Enchanted Learning

On Line Resources:


Trivia Questions:

1. What were the names of the McKinley children and how many were there? [Answer: Katherine McKinley (1871-75); Ida McKinley (1873)]

2. What other political positions did McKinley hold? [Answer: SMember of U.S. House of Representatives, 1877-91; Governor of Ohio, 1892-96].

3. What piece of money does McKinley appear on? [Answer: the $500 bill.]

Of Note:

McKinley had a parrot that could whistle "Yankee Doodle."


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