Presidents of the United states of america
William McKinley, Republican and 25th President of the U.S. was the son of an Ohio ironmaker.
He enlisted in the Civil War at age 18.
He quickly rose to captain and by 1865 was made brevet major.
McKinley went on to study law, serve in the House of Representatives from 1877-83 and become governor of Ohio.
In 1896 he won the presidential election from William Jennings Bryan over a gold standard issue.
Though he was conservative in business matters, he was respected for his conciliatory nature.
McKinley hesitated to intervene, but when Spain made too few concessions regardin…
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