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Canton in Stark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

William McKinley

Former Site of the Home of President William McKinley

William McKinley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
1. William McKinley Marker
Inscription.  William McKinley’s house, once located at this site, was the scene of his 1896 “front porch campaign” for President of the United States. During the campaign McKinley addressed about 750,000 people who came to his home in Canton. McKinley’s public service began when he volunteered at the start of the Civil War in 1861 as a private with the Union Army. He was discharged as a major after four years of service. Late McKinley became President of the Canton Y.M.C.A. and the Stark County Prosecutor. McKinley served in the United States House of Representatives between 1877 and 1891 and was then elected Governor of Ohio. He helped to found the Canton Public Library. McKinley won presidential elections in 1896 and 1900. His administration was characterized by high tariffs, money backed by gold, national prosperity, and the Spanish-American War. In 1901 an anarchist shot and killed President McKinley.
Erected 2003 by Stark County District Library-The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 18-76.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics
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. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #25 William McKinley, and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1896.
Location. 40° 48.217′ N, 81° 22.4′ W. Marker is in Canton, Ohio, in Stark County. Marker is on 8th Street NW west of Market Avenue N. The marker is located in front of the Stark County District Library. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canton OH 44702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Palace Theatre (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Edward Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Murray Spangler (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Meneely Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Geo. D. Harter Bank (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stark County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); 100 Central Plaza North (approx. 0.4 miles away); Church Of The Savior (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
William McKinley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
2. William McKinley Marker
Marker in front of the library
William McKinley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, July 17, 2013
3. William McKinley Marker
A view of the front of the library
William McKinley image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
4. William McKinley
This 1897 portrait of William McKinley by August Benziger hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“William McKinley's ‘front porch‘ campaign for the White House in 1896 consisted mainly of speeches delivered to well-wishers flocking by train to his Canton, Ohio, home. As president, the main focus of his administration lay in responding to calls for aid in Cuba's struggle against Spanish rule. Although reluctant to meddle, McKinley felt obliged to act when the American battleship Maine blew up in Havana harbor, and interventionists blamed it on the Spanish. The result was the Spanish-American War, which led to Cuba's independence and Spain's surrender of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam to the United States. Despite his own doubts about this turn of events, McKinley made the traditionally isolationist United States more visible in international politics.

One of several portraits derived from 1897-98 sittings at the White House, August Benziger's likeness testifies to McKinley's blandly funereal appearance. But housed in that uninteresting exterior was an unusual supply of warmth and charm that, as one observer put it, made McKinley ‘a marvelous manager of men.’” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 663 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   4. submitted on September 9, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.

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