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William McKinley: A Resource Guide

President William McKinley, half-length portrait, seated at desk, facing front
President William McKinley, half-length portrait, seated at desk,
facing front
1 photographic print. 1900.
Prints & Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number:

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America's Library

Designed for elementary and middle school students, America's Library provides the following stories related to William McKinley and his administration:

Jump Back in Time: Mount Rainier in Central Washington Became a National Park, March 2, 1899

Jump Back in Time: U.S. Marines Land at Guantanamo Bay, June 10, 1898

Jump Back in Time: U.S. Raised the Flag in Puerto Rico, October 18, 1898

Jump Back in Time: U.S.S. Maine Was Sunk, February 15, 1898

Meet Amazing Americans: William Jennings Bryan and the Free Silver Movement

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Chronicling America

This site allows you to search and view millions of historic American newspaper pages. Search this collection to find thousands of newspaper articles about William McKinley and his presidency, including the following articles on McKinley's first inauguration in 1897:

In addition, the Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room has created a series of topics guides to the newspapers included in Chronicling America, including a guide on the McKinley Administration and the presidential election of 1896.


American Treasures of the Library of Congress

This exhibition provides unique insight into various aspects of American history and culture. Objects displayed are organized according to the three categories that Thomas Jefferson used for his library: memory, reason, and imagination. The exhibition includes a section pertaining to McKinley's inaugurations in 1897 and 1901.

"I Do Solemnly Swear..." Inaugural Materials from the Collections of the Library of Congress

Items from eighteen presidents are featured in this online exhibition, including a photograph and an admission ticket from McKinley's first inauguration in 1897.

Manuscript Division

Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online

A finding aid for the William McKinley papers in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.

Prints & Photographs Division

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading McKinley, William, 1843-1901 to find digital images related to Wilson such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search all text fields in PPOC using the phrase William McKinley to locate additional images.

Presidents of the United States Selected Images From the Collections of the Library of Congress

This guide presents portraits of U.S. presidents and first ladies, including images of William McKinley and Ida Saxton McKinley.

Today in History

February 15

On February 15, 1898, an explosion of unknown origin sank the battleship U.S.S. Maine in the Havana, Cuba, harbor, killing 266 of the 354 crew members. The sinking of the Maine incited United States passions against Spain, eventually leading to a naval blockade of Cuba and a declaration of war.

March 2

On March 2, 1899, President William McKinley signed legislation creating Mount Rainier National Park in central Washington.

March 19

William Jennings Bryan, a gifted orator and three-time presidential candidate was born on March 19, 1860, in Salem, Illinois. Bryan lost to William McKinley in the presidential elections of 1896 and 1900.

April 25

On April 25,1898, the United States formally declared war against Spain.

June 10

On June 10, 1898, U.S. Marines landed at Guantanamo Bay. For the next month, American troops fought a land war in Cuba, which resulted in the end of Spanish colonial rule in the Western Hemisphere.

September 6

On September 6, 1901, President William McKinley was shot while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Leon Czolgosz, a Polish citizen associated with the Anarchist movement, fired two shots at McKinley who was greeting the public in a receiving line.

October 18

On October 18, 1898, American troops fighting the Spanish-American War raised the United States flag in Puerto Rico, formalizing U.S. control of the former Spanish colony.

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Digital Reference Section Web Guides

A Guide to the Spanish-American War

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the Spanish-American War, including manuscripts, maps, broadsides, photographs, prints, sheet music, and films. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the Spanish-American War that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the Spanish-American War and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers.


William McKinley Papers

John Sellers, historical specialist with the Manuscript Division, examines important documents found in the William McKinley Papers at the Library of Congress.

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