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Topics in Chronicling America - The Presidential Election of 1896: McKinley vs. Bryan

After clinching the Republic nomination for President, William McKinley launches a new and ingenious campaign strategy of “front porch talks.” McKinley then goes on to defeat the fiery orator William Jennings Bryan in 1896. Read more about it!

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Important Dates:

  • June 16, 1896: Republican Party Convention begins in St Louis MO.
  • June 17, 1896: William McKinley receives the Republican Party nomination.
  • July 7, 1896: Democratic Convention begins In Chicago Il.
  • July 9, 1896: William Jennings Bryan gives his famous "Cross of Gold" speech.
  • Aug 10, 1896: Bryan receives the nomination of the Democratic and Populist Parties
  • Aug 12, 1896: Bryan receives the nomination of the Free Silver Party
  • Nov 4, 1896: McKinley wins the general election

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Bryan, McKinley, Hanna, Free Silver, Gold Standard, Populist, Republican, Democratic.

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