William McKinley, 1843-1901

[Mentioned in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, pp. 290-293]

When William McKinley became the twenty-fifth President of the United States, he had already had a wealth of legislative experience. Twenty years before, he had been elected to Congress, where his experience as prosecuting attorney in Canton, Ohio, was invaluable.

His interest in finance and revenue led to his appointment on the House Ways and Means Committee. His name became synonymous with protective tariff, and in 1890 the McKinley Bill, which provided higher duties than had ever before been levied, was enacted. This measure's unpopularity brought about McKinley's defeat in the Congressional elections of 1890. But the following year he became Governor of Ohio.

McKinley did not campaign actively for the Presidency. His "front-porch" speeches inspired others to fight the political battles.

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Signs of the Times
February 14, 1959

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