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Who was William McKinley?
William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States of America, the symbolic leader of the country. His presidency began in 1897 and ended in 1901. He was 54 years old when he first began his term of office on March 4, 1897.

William McKinley's Nickname Meanings
William McKinley, Jr. was named after his father but chose to drop the dropped the "junior" when his father died. He had a variety of nicknames including Liberator of Cuba, The Idol of Ohio and Wobbly Willie. The nickname 'The Idol of Ohio' referred to the warm affection of his followers in the state of Ohio. The nickname Ohio Napoleon' was in reference to the Tariff Act of 1890 that increased almost 50% duty on imports to protect domestic industries. The Wobbly Willie nickname was due to his alleged indecisiveness.


Description and Picture of William McKinley
The picture of William McKinley portrays an interesting image of what this famous man looked like. The picture shows the clothing and the hairstyle that was fashionable during his presidency. He is described as being 5 feet 7 inches in height and 199 pounds in weight. He had blue-gray colored eyes and his hair was brown that turned gray with age. The long beards worn by his recent predecessors had gone out of fashion and William McKinley was clean shaven. He had a fair complexion and his features were dominated by his unruly, bushy eyebrows and the dimple on his chin. He was conscious of his image and worn expensive, fashionable clothes. He wore a fresh red carnation as a buttonhole (aka boutonniere) in his lapel which was seen as a sign of elegance in his era. The Ohio legislature later designated the red carnation as the the state flower.

Character and Personality Traits: What was William McKinley like?
The personality of William McKinley is described as genial, cheerful and friendly. He had wit and charm and was able to communicate well with people from all walks of life. He was a popular man, even with his opponents, and respected for his fairness and honesty. The main criticism of William McKinley was that he appeared indecisiveness on occasions which led to his nickname "Wobbly Willie".

Facts about President William McKinley and his Presidency
The important role and duties of the President of the United States of America include those of Chief of State, Chief Diplomat, Chief Executive, Commander in Chief, Legislative Leader and Leader of his own political party. What was William McKinley famous for? Why was William McKinley important? The history and life of President William McKinley during his presidency is conveyed in the following fact file in an easy question and answer format. 

President William McKinley Fact File - Political Career and Presidency
What President was William McKinley?  
 He was the 25th President of the United States of America. The dates of his presidency began in 1897 and ended in 1901 (March 4, 1897 to September 14, 1901).
What was his political party?
 He was the leader of the Republican political party
What other political offices did William McKinley hold before his presidency?
 U.S. House of Representatives, 1877-1891
 The Governor of Ohio, 1892-1896
Who was his Vice President?
 His Vice Presidents were Garret A. Hobart (1897-1899) and Theodore Roosevelt (1901)
What were the main events and the major accomplishments of his presidency?
 The Spanish-American War (1898)
 The Annexation of Hawaii (1898)
 The Open Door Policy
 The Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901)
 The Gold Standard Act (1900)
What was William McKinley' nickname?
 His most famous nickname was "Wobbly Willie"
Who was William McKinley' s first  lady?
 The name of his First Lady was Ida McKinley
President William McKinley Fact File - Political Career and Presidency

Interesting Facts about the Private Life of William McKinley
William McKinley was famous for the events and accomplishments of his presidency, but what are the facts about the man and his private life. Facts and information about the private life of William McKinley can be found in the following fact file in an easy question and answer format. 

William McKinley Fact File - Facts about his Private Life
When and where was William McKinley born?  
 He was born on January 29, 1843, in Niles, Ohio, where he was raised
What was the name of his father?
 The name of his father was William McKinley
What was the name of his mother?
 The name of his mother was Nancy Campbell Allison McKinley
Where was William McKinley educated and what was his religion?
 He was educated at Allegheny College
 Religion: Methodist
What did William McKinley do before he became President of the United States?
 Before he became President he worked as a Lawyer
Who was William McKinley' wife and when did they marry? Did they have kids?
 The name of his wife was Ida Saxton (1847-1907). They married on January 25, 1871
 The couple raised a family. The names of their children were Katherine McKinley (1871-75); and Ida McKinley (1873)
When did William McKinley die?
 He died on September 14, 1901, in Buffalo, New York
William McKinley Fact File - Facts about his Private Life

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