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Presidential Election of 1900: A Resource Guide

For President William McKinley, for Vice President Theodore Roosevelt
For President Wm. McKinley, for Vice President Theo. Roosevelt.
1 print. 1900.
Prints & Photographs Division.
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The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1900, including photographs, political cartoons, broadsides, newspaper articles, and sheet music. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the presidential election of 1900 that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the 1900 election and a selected bibliography.

1900 Presidential Election Results [1]

Political Party
Presidential Nominee
VP Nominee
Electoral College
Popular Vote
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
William Jennings Bryan
Adlai E. Stevenson

Library of Congress Web Site | External Web Sites | Selected Bibliography

American Memory Historical Collections

The African-American Experience in Ohio: Selections from the Ohio Historical Society

This selection of manuscript and printed text and images drawn from the collections of the Ohio Historical Society illuminates the history of black Ohio from 1850 to 1920.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. While the broadside format represents the bulk of the collection, there are a significant number of leaflets and some pamphlets.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals

This collection presents twenty-three popular periodicals digitized by Cornell University Library and the Library of Congress. Search the bibliographic records and the full-text options to find articles concerning the 1900 presidential election and its aftermath.

A selection of articles from this collection includes:

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Search this collection to find newspaper articles about the presidential election of 1900.

A selection of articles on the 1900 presidential election includes:

In addition, the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room has created a series of topics guides to the newspapers included in Chronicling America, including the presidential election of 1900.

Music Division

Performing Arts Encyclopedia

The PAE is a guide to performing arts resources at the Library of Congress and provides information about the Library's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, and other materials. The PAE includes the following sheet music related to the presidential election of 1900.

Prints & Photographs Division

Pictorial Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library of Congress

Pictorial Americana, a Library of Congress publication, contains a chapter listing selected images related to the 1900 presidential election.

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC to find additional prints, political cartoons, and other digital images related to the presidential election of 1900.

A selection of images from the 1900 presidential election includes:

In addition, search on the subject heading Presidential elections--United States--1900.

Today in History

March 19

William Jennings Bryan, gifted orator and three-time presidential candidate was born on March 19, 1860, in Salem, Illinois. In 1896, he defeated incumbent President Grover Cleveland to win the Democratic Party nomination for president. Just thirty-six, Bryan managed to attract the support of mainstream Democrats as well as third party Populists. The unpopularity of the incumbent Democratic Party combined with the well-filled war chest of Republican candidate William McKinley, catapulted McKinley into the White House. Still, Bryan's following was large enough to result in two additional runs for president. Bryan lost again to McKinley in 1900 and to William Howard Taft in 1908.

External Web Sites

The American Presidency Project: Election of 1900 External Link

The American Presidency Project Web site presents election results from the 1900 presidential election.

HarpWeek: The Presidential Elections 1860-1912 External Link

This HarpWeek Web site features political cartoons from Harper's Weekly, Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, Vanity Fair, Puck, Judge, and American Political Prints, 1766-1876: A Catalog of the Collections in the Library of Congress. It provides explanations of the historical context and images of each cartoon, campaign overviews, biographical sketches, a review of the era's major issues, and other valuable information related to the 1900 presidential election.

Selected Bibliography

Primary Sources

The Battle of 1900: An Official Hand-Book for Every American Citizen. Republican Issues by L. White Busbey, Prohibition Issues by Oliver W. Stewart, Democratic Issues by Willis J. Abbot, Populist Issues by Dr. Howard S. Taylor. Endorsed by the Parties. Chicago: Monarch Book Company 1900. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Democratic Campaign Book, 1900. Washington, D.C.: Globe Printing Company, 1900. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

National Platforms of the Republican, Democratic, Fusion Populist or Peoples, Mid-Road Populist or Peoples, and Prohibition Parties, and Other Valuable and Statistical Information, Compiled from Official Publications. Omaha, Neb.: Union Pacific railroad, 1900. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Official Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention held in Kansas City, Mo., July 4th, 5th and 6th, 1900. Chicago: McLellan Printing Company, 1900. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Official Proceedings of the Twelfth Republican National Convention, held in ... Philadelphia, June, 19, 20 and 21, 1900 ... Reported by M.W. Blumenberg ...Philadelphia: Dunlap Printing Company, 1900. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Republican Campaign Text-Book 1900; Issued by the Republican National Committee. Philadelphia: Dunlap Printing Company, 1900. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link

Republican National Committee, 1900. New York: Republican National Committee, 1900. [Catalog Record] [Full Text] External Link


1. Presidential Elections, 1789-2008. (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2010), 144, 234.

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