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President McKinley:Architect of the American Century

Robert W. Merry

Although popular enough to win two elections, 25th President William McKinley is remembered for dying from Leon Czolgosz’s assassination bullets in 1901, six months into his second term. In his new biography, Robert Merry argues for a reevaluation of McKinley, who has been eclipsed by his successor, Theodore Roosevelt. The native Ohioan fought for the Union in the Civil War, set up his own law practice, and became Governor of Ohio in 1892. Merry details McKinley’s White House years, the Spanish-American War, his efforts in acquiring Hawaii and the Philippines, and initiating an Open Door policy with China, making the United States a world power.