|25th President of the United States|
March 4, 1897 – September 14, 1901
|Vice President||Garret A. Hobart (1897 – 1899)
Theodore Roosevelt (1901)
|Preceded by||Grover Cleveland|
|Succeeded by||Theodore Roosevelt|
|Born||January 29, 1843
|Died||September 14, 1901 (aged 58)
Buffalo, New York
|Spouse(s)||Ida Saxton McKinley|
He began the era of imperialism for the United States by declaring war against Spain in Latin America because of the USS Maine sinking the public crying for war. He led the country through the Spanish-American War. During his term, he also supported higher tariffs (taxes on countries which trade with the US). During his term, the United States annexed Hawaii, Cuba, the Philippines, and Wake Island. Before he became President, he had been a congressman of Ohio.
McKinley was elected to a second term as president in 1900, but his second term did not last very long. He was shot by an anarchist named Leon Czolgosz on September 6, 1901, and died on September 14. Czolgosz claimed the President committed war crimes in the American Philippines war and was an enemy of the people. Czolgosz was executed in the electric chair. McKinley was the third American President to be assassinated.
After McKinley's death, his vice-president Theodore Roosevelt became president.
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