| The American Experience: America 1900
This portion of the site provides the full text of McKinley’s two inaugural
addresses, his last speech, a eulogy by John W. Griggs, and the 1898
Treaty of Paris ending the Spanish-American War. Also includes some
political cartoons. Produced by PBS and WGBH. [
Contains a 1,400-word biographical article on McKinley plus separate entries
for his wife and two vice presidents (Hobart, Roosevelt). Includes several
images, election data (1896, 1900), information on cabinet members, full
text transcriptions of McKinley’s inaugural addresses, and excerpts from
both his 1898 War Message and final speech. Produced by Encyclopædia Britannica,
| American President: An Online Reference
Contains factual and biographical information about McKinley and Roosevelt,
their cabinets, staff/advisors, and wives. Also includes images plus
timelines of key events. Produced by the University of Virginia’s Miller
Center of Public Affairs.
| American Presidents: Life Portraits
Contains basic introductory information about McKinley and Roosevelt and
their respective administrations. Includes bibliographies, video, external
links, and teaching guides. Produced by C-SPAN.
A basic search on William McKinley from this site’s main page yields
results from a handful of reference resources, including Britannica
Concise Encyclopedia, Gale Encyclopedia of Biography, and
Oxford Guide to the US Government. Provides a standard array
of information about McKinley’s life and political career plus a few
images. Produced by Answers Corporation.
| The Assassination of President William
A full-bodied illustrated article by Mark Gado. Produced by Crime Library,
a product of truTV.com.
| The Assassination of President McKinley:
Selected Bibliography on Medical Aspects
A 12-item selected bibliography of medical articles relating to the
McKinley assassination. Eight of the cited articles are linked to scanned
images (PDF files) of the original documents. Produced by History of
Medicine Collection, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo.
| Biographical Directory of the United
Offers highlights of McKinley’s political career,
an annotated list of related research collections, and a 42-item “Extended
Bibliography.” Produced by the United States Congress.
| Collected State of the Union Addresses
of U.S. Presidents
Includes the full text of each of McKinley’s four
State of the Union addresses as well as Theodore Roosevelt’s
first, which makes much mention of his predecessor’s
assassination. Produced by Pearson Education.
| The Despotism of the Popular: Anarchy
and Leon Czolgosz at the Turn of the Century
A 4,500-word article by Chris Vials from Americana: The Journal
of American Popular Culture (Fall 2004, v3n2) concerning anarchism
and McKinley’s assassin. Produced by AmericanPopularCulture.com,
a product of Americana: The Institute for the Study of American Popular
| The Election and Assassination of President
A 7,600-word excerpt from The Great Republic by the Master Historians
(vol. 4, 1902) concerning McKinley’s electoral victories
and assassination. Editorship of this work is attributed to Hubert H.
Bancroft; however, this might be erroneous given that library catalog
records cite Charles Morris as editor. Possibly Bancroft is merely the
author of this excerpt. Produced by Public Bookshelf, a product of LoveToKnow
| Erie County Hall and the Trial of President
William McKinley’s Assassin
A short article from Benchmarks (Winter 2006, v2n1) spotlighting
the courthouse where McKinley’s assassin, Czolgosz, was tried. Includes
architectural information and a description of the assassination and
Czolgosz trial. Produced by the New York State Unified Court System.
| The Governors of Ohio, 1803-1971
Features a 1,200-word biographical essay on McKinley. From The Governors
of Ohio (2nd ed., 1969), and provided by Ohio Historical Society.
The full text of McKinley’s last speech, as given at the Pan-American
Exposition at Buffalo, New York, the day before he was shot. From The
World’s Famous Orations (v10, 1906), edited by William Jennings
Bryan, and provided by Bartleby.com, Inc.
| Historical Election Results
Denotes state-by-state electoral vote results for the presidential
and vice-presidential candidates in the 1896 and 1900 elections. Produced
by the Office of the Federal Register, U.S. National Archives and Records
A short biographical article about McKinley’s wife. Produced by Women
| Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents
of the United States
Contains the full text of McKinley’s two inaugural addresses. Produced
| Info Minute: The Assassination of William
An original comedic one-minute video distilling the basics of the McKinley
assassination. Dated 22 November 2007. Produced by heymikehenry.
| The Last Days of a President: Films of
McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901
Presents twenty-eight Edison Manufacturing Company films, some of which
depict McKinley’s second inauguration, his activities at the Pan-American
Exposition, and scenes from his funeral. Produced by the Library of
| Life Portrait of William McKinley
A lengthy 1999 video (2 hr. 36 min.) in which historians, scholars, and
educators discuss the life, political career, and assassination of William
McKinley. Examines correspondence and artifacts housed at the McKinley
Museum and at the McKinley National Memorial. Links to other related videos
appear on this same page. Produced by C-SPAN .
| “Lights Out in the City of Light”: Anarchy
and Assassination at the Pan-American Exposition
Created as part of a larger commemoration of the centennial of the
Pan-American Exposition (Illuminations:
Revisiting the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition of 1901). Includes
numerous images with a generous helping of commentary relating to McKinley’s
visit to the Pan-American Exposition, turn-of-the-century anarchy, the
assassination, and the trial of assassin Leon Czolgosz. Produced by
the University at Buffalo Libraries.
| McKinley Memorial Library, Museum, and
A collective website providing access to and information about the
McKinley Memorial Library, the McKinley Museum, and National McKinley
Birthplace Memorial of Niles, Ohio. Provides biographical and genealogical
information, numerous images, and the “McKinley Web Finder” annotated
list of web-based resources. Produced by the McKinley Memorial Library.
| Monument to William McKinley
Features a photograph of the Civil War Antietam battlefield’s William
McKinley Monument, reproduces the monument text, and includes background
information. Produced by the National Park Service, U.S. Department
of the Interior.
| National First Ladies’ Library
Features a biographical article (perhaps the best available online),
bibliography, and selection of lesson plans relating to Ida Saxton McKinley,
the president’s wife. Notably, the Saxton McKinley House (Canton, Ohio),
Ida’s family home, now houses the National First Ladies’ Library. The
website offers information about the house and its continuing restoration.
An “online tour” provides interior images accompanied by commentary.
Produced by the National First Ladies’ Library.
| Official Daily Program of the Pan-American
Includes image of cover and five interior pages from the 5 September
1901 “President’s Day” issue of the Pan-American program. Enumerates
musical performances, general goings on, and detail of President McKinley’s
itinerary. Produced by the University at Buffalo Libraries as part of
Revisiting the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition of 1901 online
Features a 1,000-word article on McKinley’s life and political career.
Produced by the Ohio Historical Society.
Accessing the subject heading listing and clicking on the links for
William McKinley yields nearly 100 descriptive records with photographs
of people and events as well as images of publications, correspondence,
sheet music, clothing, furniture, campaign paraphernalia, and miscellaneous
artifacts. Produced by the Ohio Historical Society and the State Library
A single page on McKinley containing biographical information, statistics,
names of cabinet members, and links to external sites. A link to the
Roosevelt page appears at the bottom. Produced by ipl2, a self-described
public service organization.
| President William McKinley: Assassinated
by an Anarchist
An article on the assassination by Wyatt Kingseed from American
History magazine. Produced by TheHistoryNet, a product of the Weider
| The Presidential Elections, 1860-1912
Features a generous sampling of political cartoons from Harper’s
Weekly, Judge, and Puck relating to the 1896 and 1900
presidential elections (29 and 55 images, respectively). Each cartoon
is accompanied by an explanatory note. Other components include campaign
overviews, biographical sketches of presidential and vice-presidential
candidates, and reviews of major events. Produced by HarpWeek, LLC.
| The Presidents of the United States (a)
A 1,000-word biographical article. Includes six images, one of which
links to a separate descriptive entry for the McKinley Tomb at Canton,
Ohio. Produced by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the
| The Presidents of the United States (b)
Features a 500-word article on McKinley, with links to a biography
of his wife and a short children’s biographical resource on the president.
Produced by the White House.
| Speech That Prompted Murderous Assault
on the President
Full text of an article in the 8 September 1901 Chicago Daily Tribune
detailing a public speech Emma Goldman gave in Cleveland, Ohio, a copy
of which was purportedly found in the pocket of assassin Leon Czolgosz.
The “Exhibits” link at the page’s bottom leads back to the menu, which
includes an image of the original document. Produced by Emma Goldman
Papers, a product of the University of California Berkeley.
| Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National
Roosevelt’s inauguration as president, only hours after McKinley’s
death, took place at the Ansley Wilcox residence, now an historical
landmark in Buffalo, New York. This website provides information about
the residence and its history, the Pan-American Exposition, McKinley’s
assassination, and Roosevelt’s inauguration. Includes numerous images
and descriptive aids (for adults and children) as well as information
pertaining to visitor access/use of the building and its on-site resources.
Produced by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Provides the full text of McKinley’s two inaugural addresses, four
State of the Union addresses, and 1898 War Message. Theodore Roosevelt’s
first State of the Union address, also included, makes much mention
of the assassination. Produced by ThisNation.com.
Features two brief audio recordings of McKinley: 1) giving a campaign
speech in 1896 (preceded by general commentary on the election by William
Wedge); 2) giving an address at the Pan-American Exposition, September
1901. Produced by Michigan State University Libraries.
Includes a brief introductory essay and photographs, plus links to
related content (e.g., Ida McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt). Provides a
link to a three-minute director’s commentary video clip detailing the
making of “Murder at the Fair: The Assassination of President McKinley,”
a portion of the History Channel documentary, 10 Days That Unexpectedly
Changed America. Produced by History.com, a product of A&E Television
| William McKinley Presidential Library
Provides basic information about facilities, services, offerings of
this Canton, Ohio, institution. Notably, the Ramsayer Research Library
boasts a 25,000-piece collection that includes the presidential papers,
manuscripts, photographs, books, correspondence, and audio/visual recordings
of the history of William McKinley.