Source: America as a World Power, 1897-1907
Source type: book
Document type: book chapter
Document title: “Free Silver Versus Imperialism (1900)” [chapter 7]
Author(s): Latané, John Holladay
Publisher: Harper and Brothers Publishers
Place of publication: New York, New York
Year of publication: 1907
Pagination: 120-32 (excerpt below includes only page 132)
|Latané, John Holladay. “Free Silver Versus Imperialism (1900)” [chapter 7]. America as a World Power, 1897-1907. New York: Harper, 1907: pp. 120-32.|
|excerpt of chapter|
|McKinley assassination; Theodore Roosevelt (assumption of presidency).|
|William McKinley; Theodore Roosevelt.|
A photograph of McKinley appears on the frontispiece.
From title page: John Holladay Latané, Ph.D., Professor of History, Washington and Lee University.
Volume 25 in The American Nation: A History series.
Free Silver Versus Imperialism (1900) [excerpt]
President McKinley was inaugurated
for his second term March 4, 1901, but his work was done. On September 6, while
attending the Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo, he was shot by an anarchist,
and died on the 14th of the same month, being the third president of the United
States to fall by the hand of an assassin. His death was universally regretted:
he had been singularly pure and blameless in his private life, honest in his
public service, kindly and gentle in his contact with men, and skilful in handling
them. He did much to close the last breach left by the Civil War.
His death placed in the presidential chair Theodore Roosevelt, of New York, one of the most active, aggressive, and picturesque characters that has appeared in American public life. In spite of his declaration on taking the oath of office that he would “continue absolutely unbroken the policy of President McKinley,” there was little doubt in the public mind that he would make a record of his own.