William McKinley was born on January 29,1843 in Niles, Ohio. He died on September 14, 1901 in Buffalo, New York. He was a lawyer, a congressman, and a governor for the state of Ohio. His term was from 1896 to 1901.
The Spanish-American war was the most significant event during McKinley?s presidency. He hated the brutality involved in Spain?s efforts to suppress the insurrection in Cuba. McKinley wanted to give Spain every opportunity to leave the island without American interference. He pressed Spain to reform Cuba, then to grant autonomy, and then to give it freedom. Spain denied to do America?s bidding. Finally convinced that Spain would not free Cuba, McKinley asked congress in April for authority to intervene. Congress approved a declaration of war on April 25. The Spanish-American war was brief, but successful. After the war the U.S. received the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico from Spain. Cuba became free.
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