Presidential Outlines Ap Us History

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William McKinley

I. William McKinley was born on January 29, 1843 in Niles, Ohio. He died on September 14, 1901 in Buffalo New York. McKinley was the third president to be assassinated.

II. McKinley ran for the Presidency from Ohio.

III. McKinley had a relatively easy and normal childhood. He was the seventh child of eight. His parents were loving people who instilled in McKinley the importance of hard-work, religion, and education. McKinley worked very hard in school as a youth and then attended Alleghany College in Pennsylvania for one term, until he had to leave for financial reasons. During the Civil War, he proved to be an excellent soldier and quickly moved up the ranks to the position of Brevet Major. Like many presidents
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XI. Holden v Hardy was a major case during McKinley’s time that dealt with the labor movement, but in a specific arena. This case upheld a law limiting the work day of a group of miners in Utah, because it was proven that the conditions they were working under were dangerous. Although, it was only one victory, a victory it was for the labor movement. In 1898, Williams v Mississippi, upheld the Mississippi plan, which set a literacy test and poll taxes for Mississippi voters. Though this plan essentially excluded many Blacks and poor whites, since it applied to everyone, it was found constitutional and allowed to continue.

XII. President McKinley dealt with several important foreign policy issues during his term. One of the biggest was the Spanish-American War in 1898. This war initially started when McKinley sent ships and soldiers to have Cubans in their revolt against a tyrannical Spanish Government. After an American ship was sunk in the conflict, many Americans called for war against Spain, and McKinley obliged. In the Treaty of Paris, a result of America winning the short war, the United States gained the territories Puerto Rico and Guam, bought the Philippines, and remained in military control over Cuba, to which Spain renounced its claims. In
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