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William McKinley (1843-1901)

William McKinley was a Republican president when Republicans were still sometimes good. Before becoming president McKinley fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War leaving as a major. McKinley later was twice elected governor of Ohio.

He introduced protectionist tariffs which were popular in the United States at the time. McKinley started a war with Spain which liberated Cuba from Spanish rule but also took over Guam, The Philippines and Puerto Rico starting the tradition of American imperialism.

William McKinley won a second term but an Anarchist considered deranged shot him, McKinley died several days later in hospital. Theodore Roosevelt who was his Vice President took over as president. [1] [2]

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