: This published version of President William McKinley's last speech was printed after his death in 1901. In the speech McKinley addresses the tariff issue and notes that he may review his policy on the issue. The day after McKinley delivered the speech he was assassinated by Leon F. Czolgosz, an anarchist who was born in Detroit and traveled to Buffalo when he heard McKinley would be attending the Pan-American Exposition. William McKinley (1843-1901), the twenty-fifth president of the United States, was born in Niles, Ohio. He enlisted in the army at the outbreak of the Civil War and, after being mustered out, studied law and opened a law office in Canton, Ohio. McKinley served in the U.S. Congress for 14 years, and became president in 1897, largely due to the influence of Marcus Hanna, boss of the Cleveland political machine. McKinley was most noted for his foreign policy and the conduct of the Spanish-American War in 1898. It was during McKinley's administration that the U.S. acquired its first overseas possessions in the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico. He was re-elected in 1900, but was assassinated by anarchist Leon Czolgosz in 1901. His running mate, Theodore Roosevelt, then became president. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Presidents and Politics; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Presidents; Assassinations; Expositions and fairs Places
: Buffalo (New York); Canton (Ohio); Stark County (Ohio)