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04/03/1897 Presidency of William McKinley begins

The presidency of William McKinley is best known for leading the nation to victory in the Spanish–American War, taking ownership of Hawaii, purchasing the Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico, restoring prosperity, and promoting pluralism among all groups. Rapid economic growth and a decline in labor conflict also marked the presidency.


  • Essentials 

  • Election of 1896 

  • First inauguration 

  • Administration 

  • Judicial appointments 

  • Domestic affairs 

  • Foreign affairs 

  • Election of 1900 

  • Assassination 

  • Historical reputation