1901 BARBER 25C PR68

Grading Service: NGC
SKU: 122492
Cert Number: 3319325007

One of America’s favorite presidents, William H. McKinley, is shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York on September 6, 1901. McKinley, a particular favorite among big business owners in the United States, became known as a tariff expert within his first fourteen years in the political sphere as a House Representative. In 1890 he lost his seat but quickly picked up and served as Ohio’s governor for two terms where his favorability factor as the Republican nominee for president grew. By 1896 he had won the nomination and later that year he beat his Democratic opponent, William Jennings Bryan, by the widest margin since the Civil War. As president he became controversially known for his big business favoritism as he advocated for the protectorate tariffs to save American businesses from foreign competition. Perhaps his most notable cause during his presidency was his foreign policy, which differentiated him from his predecessors. Prior to McKinley most presidents had maintained the isolationist ideals, but both congress and the American people urged him to intervene in Cuba’s fight for independence from Spain. Just three short months after McKinley sent U.S. troops to assist, we had freed Cuba – set it as a U.S. protectorate – as well as annexed Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. This also established the Nation as a major colonialist power for the first time in American history. Also during McKinley’s term, America became more involved in Asian politics since we had been so interested in their economy. By 1900 McKinley sent thousands of troops overseas to assist the Chinese during the Boxer Rebellion and pushed his Open Door Policy to support their independence. With his large resume of successes, the popular McKinley won a second term over Bryan by an even larger margin this time. Unfortunately the United States did not get to see what he would continue to do for his country as he was shot soon after by Polish-American anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. The deranged Czolgosz approached a friendly McKinley with a handkerchief in hand that concealed his weapon. It was within a matter of seconds that Czolgosz pulled out the gun, shot McKinley twice and fled. His first bullet deflected off of McKinley’s jacket button, but the second went into his stomach, through a kidney, and lodged itself into his back. The operating doctors could not find the lodged bullet and soon gangrene began to spread throughout the already weak president. McKinley died eight days later on September 14, 1901 after which Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated in his place.

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