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Topics in Chronicling America - Presidential Administrations: McKinley

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 and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

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Important Dates:

  • 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.

Suggested Search Terms:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Dingley and Bill, maximum freight, Annex and Hawaii, Spanish and American, Philippine war, Filippine war, Treaty of Paris, Boxer rebellion, Platt, gold standard, mckinley and shot, McKinley, M’Kinley, shot

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