Presidents McKinley, Roosevelt, and Taft – History Essay

William McKinley, born on January 29, 1843, was a Republican and a Union Civil War veteran. He worked in Ohio, his birth state, as a lawyer until he was elected to Congress in 1876. He ran for president in 1896 as a Republican and won, against William Jennings Bryan, an outspoken silver currency supporter. However, the contest for President was close. The Popular Vote was 51% to 47% in favor of McKinley to Bryan. the Electoral Votes had a wider margin, with 271 supporting McKinley over 176 supporting Bryan.

Startling the currency question for the majority of his campaign, he finally decided to settle on the gold currency standard instead of the bimetallism proposal. McKinley also raised tariffs in the hopes of promoting American industries and reducing imports. However, the one thing that McKinley was known for during his presidency was leading America into the Spanish-American War. This war was fought in Central America, where the U.S. decided to get involved in the Cuban War for Independence. The war ended with America gaining Cuba, as well as other countries, as territories. McKinley was assassinated in 1901, leaving the presidency open.

Theodore Roosevelt was born in 1858 in Manhattan, New York. He was diagnosed with asthma and a weak heart as a young boy, so he was advised to get an office job and not to physically over-exert himself. His father got him a boxing tutor in defiance of the medical advice given to him in order to strengthen him. Theodore lived a very active lifestyle throughout his life. His heart never gave way. As a boy, Theodore was homeschooled, but at age 18 he left for  Harvard College. His first two years were very difficult as he was grieving his father’s death. Theodore did marry a pretty young woman named “Alice”. They were married four years before her tragic death, two days after giving birth to their baby girl. Theodore’s mother also died on the same day as his wife died. He hid his grief by working harder. He became a rancher, soldier and politician before becoming McKinley’s Vice President. Roosevelt took over the remainder of McKinley’s last term after he was assassinated. Roosevelt was then elected another term. He served as president from 1901-1909. Roosevelt supported several progressive policies, including breaking up monopolies, adding in government regulations to the food and drug industries, supported the Monroe Doctrine, and more.

After his presidency, he travelled around the world, going on safaris in Africa and touring the Amazon. He died in his sleep at age 60 from a coronary embolism.

William Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1857. His father  served in several areas of politics. William studied at Yale and then the University of Cincinnati, where he studied law. After graduating law school, he was admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1880, then started his own law practice. In 1886, he married Helen Herron, the daughter of a highly active Republican lawyer.

Taft’s dream of becoming a Supreme Court judge was lifelong, but his wife had aspirations of becoming First Lady. Both got their wishes granted. William Taft was elected to the presidency in 1908, and served one term. His wife, obviously, was thrilled at the idea of living in the White House. Roosevelt groomed Taft to become the president. But he did not live up to Roosevelt’s expectations as he was more moderate, so Roosevelt ran against him in the 1912 elections, but as the Republican party was split in two, the door was opened for Wilson to be elected president.

After serving his single term as president, Taft took up teaching, but finally reached his lifelong goal of becoming Chief Justice in the Supreme Court. He served in this position from 1921 until his death in 1930.

William McKinley, born on January 29, 1843, was a Republican and a Union Civil War veteran. He worked in Ohio, his birth state, as a lawyer until he was elected to Congress in 1876. He ran for president in 1896 as a Republican and won, against William Jennings Bryan, an outspoken silver currency supporter. However, the contest for President was close. The Popular Vote was 51% to 47% in favor of McKinley to Bryan. the Electoral Votes had a wider margin, with 271 supporting McKinley over 176 supporting Bryan.

Startling the currency question for the majority of his campaign, he finally decided to settle on the gold currency standard instead of the bimetallism proposal. McKinley also raised tariffs in the hopes of promoting American industries and reducing imports. However, the one thing that McKinley was known for during his presidency was leading America into the Spanish-American War. This war was fought in Central America, where the U.S. decided to get involved in the Cuban War for Independence. The war ended with America gaining Cuba, as well as other countries, as territories. McKinley was assassinated in 1901, leaving the presidency open.

Theodore Roosevelt was born in 1858 in Manhattan, New York. He was diagnosed with asthma and a weak heart as a young boy, so he was advised to get an office job and not to physically over-exert himself. His father got him a boxing tutor in defiance of the medical advice given to him in order to strengthen him. Theodore lived a very active lifestyle throughout his life. His heart never gave way. As a boy, Theodore was homeschooled, but at age 18 he left for  Harvard College. His first two years were very difficult as he was grieving his father’s death. Theodore did marry a pretty young woman named “Alice”. They were married four years before her tragic death, two days after giving birth to their baby girl. Theodore’s mother also died on the same day as his wife died. He hid his grief by working harder. He became a rancher, soldier and politician before becoming McKinley’s Vice President. Roosevelt took over the remainder of McKinley’s last term after he was assassinated. Roosevelt was then elected another term. He served as president from 1901-1909. Roosevelt supported several progressive policies, including breaking up monopolies, adding in government regulations to the food and drug industries, supported the Monroe Doctrine, and more.

After his presidency, he travelled around the world, going on safaris in Africa and touring the Amazon. He died in his sleep at age 60 from a coronary embolism.

William Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1857. His father  served in several areas of politics. William studied at Yale and then the University of Cincinnati, where he studied law. After graduating law school, he was admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1880, then started his own law practice. In 1886, he married Helen Herron, the daughter of a highly active Republican lawyer.

Taft’s dream of becoming a Supreme Court judge was lifelong, but his wife had aspirations of becoming First Lady. Both got their wishes granted. William Taft was elected to the presidency in 1908, and served one term. His wife, obviously, was thrilled at the idea of living in the White House. Roosevelt groomed Taft to become the president. But he did not live up to Roosevelt’s expectations as he was more moderate, so Roosevelt ran against him in the 1912 elections, but as the Republican party was split in two, the door was opened for Wilson to be elected president.

After serving his single term as president, Taft took up teaching, but finally reached his lifelong goal of becoming Chief Justice in the Supreme Court. He served in this position from 1921 until his death in 1930.

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