The outcome reflected the American public’s satisfaction with the outcome of the Spanish-American War and the country’s economic prosperity.After his second inauguration in March 1901, Mc Kinley embarked on a tour of western states, where he was greeted by cheering crowds.
His ties to Hayes helped Mc Kinley rise through Ohio's political ranks and win election to Congress in 1876, the same year Hayes was elected as the nation's 19th president. Over nearly 14 years in Congress, he served as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee and became known as a proponent of economic protectionism, in the form of high tariffs on imported goods.
Mc Kinley entered Ohio politics in 1869 and rose through the ranks as a Republican, winning election to the U. After a tariff measure bearing his name passed in 1890, voters rejected Mc Kinley and other Republicans due to rising consumer prices and he returned to Ohio.
Mc Kinley won the Republican presidential nomination in 1896 thanks to his congressional and gubernatorial experience, his longtime support of protectionism and the skilled maneuvering of his chief supporter, the wealthy Ohio industrialist Marcus Alonzo Hanna.
In the general election, Mc Kinley faced William Jennings Bryan, who ran on a platform attacking the gold standard and supporting the coinage of silver as well as gold.
William Mc Kinley was born January 29, 1843, in Niles, Ohio.