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Source: Memorial Life of William McKinley
Source type: book
Document type: chronology
Document title: “Principal Events During President McKinley’s Administration”
Author(s): Townsend, G. W.
Publisher: none given
Place of publication: none given
Year of publication: 1901
Pagination: 185-86

Townsend, G. W. “Principal Events During President McKinley’s Administration.” Memorial Life of William McKinley. [n.p.]: [n.p.], 1901: pp. 185-86.
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William McKinley (chronologies); historical events (McKinley administration, 1897-1901).
Named persons
Emilio Aguinaldo; Russell Alexander Alger; Pascual Cervera y Topete; George Dewey; William M. Evarts; John W. Griggs; Benjamin Harrison; Richmond Pearson Hobson; Henry W. Lawton; Joseph McKenna; Ida McKinley; William McKinley; Thomas Brackett Reed; Elihu Root; John Sherman.
Despite its seeming status as an end portion of chapter 8, this chronology is not denoted in the descriptive matter found in the table of contents or at the outset of chapter 8. Furthermore, the size of the type used for the chronology’s title is equivalent to that for each chapter designation (e.g., “CHAPTER VIII”). For these reasons the chronology is being categorized herein as an item unto itself rather than as an excerpt of chapter 8.

From title page: Memorial Life of William McKinley, Our Martyred President: As a Man, the Noblest and Purest of His Times; As a Citizen, the Grandest of His Nation; As a Statesman, the Idol of Millions of People: Containing a Full Account of His Early Life; His Ambition to Obtain an Education; His Brilliant Career as a Soldier in the Civil War; His Patriotic Record as a Member of Congress and Governor of His State; His Able Administration as President, Etc.; Including a Thrilling Account of His Assassination; His Heroic Struggle for Life; Hope of Recovery Suddenly Blasted; Profound Sympathy and Anxious Suspense of the Whole Civilized World, Etc.; Together with a Full History of Anarchy and Its Infamous Deeds; Including the Life of President Roosevelt.

From title page: By Col. G. W. Townsend, the Well-Known Author, with an Introduction by Hon. James Rankin Young, Member of Congress and Formerly Clerk of the United States Senate.

From title page: Profusely Embellished with Superb Engravings.


Principal Events During President McKinley’s Administration



Inaugurated March 4.

Fifty-fifth Congress convened March 15.

A new Extradition Treaty between the United States and Brazil signed at Rio, May 16.

Dingley Tariff law passed, July 24.

Attorney-General Joseph McKenna, of California, appointed to the Supreme Bench, December 16.


City of Greater New York inaugurated, January 1.

J. W. Griggs, of New Jersey, Attorney-General, January 25.

Meeting of the National Monetary Convention at Indianapolis to devise currency reform, January 25.

The battleship Maine destroyed in Havana harbor, February 15.

Congress appropriates $50,000,000 for national defence, March 8.

Congress recognizes Cuban independence, April 16.

War declared against Spain, April 21.

Resignation of John Sherman, Secretary of State, April 25.

Dewey destroys the Spanish fleet at Manila, May 1.

Lieutenant Hobson sinks the “Merrimac,” June 3.

Cervera’s squadron destroyed off Santiago, July 3.

Hawaii annexed to the United States, July 6.

Treaty of peace signed with Spain, December 10.


Flag raised over Guam, February 1.

Treaty of peace with Spain ratified by Senate, February 6.

First encounter between Americans and Filipinos, February 4.

Peace Conference at the Hague, May 18.

Resignation of Russell A. Alger, Secretary of War, July 19.

Elihu Root appointed Secretary of War, July 22.

Thomas B. Reed resigns his place in Congress, August 22.

The Venezuela award made, October 3. [185][186]

A modus vivendi anent the Alaskan boundary dispute adopted, October 12.

Samoan treaty signed, December 2.

Lawton killed in the Philippines, December 19.


The United States Senate ratified the Samoan treaty, January 16.

President McKinley signed the gold standard bill, March 14.

Foraker Porto Rican Act passed by Congress, April 12.

Chinese begin their attacks on the Legations in Pekin, June 19.

McKinley renominated at Philadelphia, June 21.

The allies capture Pekin, August 14.

John Sherman died, October 22.

A convention to frame a constitution for Cuba began its sessions at Havana, November 5.

McKinley re-elected, November 6.

Ministers of the powers in Pekin sign a joint note, December 22.


Hopkins reapportionment bill defeated, January 8.

Incorporation of the billion dollar Steel Trust, February 23.

Death of William M. Evarts, February 28.

The adoption of the Platt Amendment, February 28.

President McKinley’ [sic] second Inauguration, March 4.

Death of former President Harrison, March 13.

Capture of Aguinaldo, March 23.

President McKinley started on his Western tour April 20.

Western tour abandoned because of Mrs. McKinley’s ill health, May 12.

Pan-American Exposition opened at Buffalo, May 1.

Supreme Court’s decision on the Insular Cases, May 27.

President McKinley positively refused to be a candidate for a third term, June 11.

President McKinley arrived at Buffalo and made his famous address at the Pan-American Exposition, September 5.

Assassinated, September 6.



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