William McKinley

William McKinley Campaign Buttons have been collectibles since 1896. William McKinley (January 29, 1843 to September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term. McKinley led the nation to victory in the Spanish American War, raised protective tariffs to promote American industry, and maintained the nation on the gold standard in a rejection of inflationary proposals. Though McKinleys administration was cut short with his assassination, his presidency marked the beginning of a period of dominance by the Republican Party that lasted for more than a third of a century
Years Ran: 1896, 1900;
Running Mates: 1896-Garret Hobart; 1900-Theodore Roosevelt.
Republican Convention Location: 1896- St. Louis; 1900- Philadelphia

For those collectors who want a celluloid campaign button from each president and major party candidate, William McKinley and 1896 is where it all starts. As with all presidents/candidates who run more than once, since McKinley ran for re-election in 1900, distinguishing between an 1896 and a 1900 button is not always easy. The one way you can be certain without having a date on the buttons is if it pictures either of McKinleys VP running mates. If it is Garrett Hobart, then it is an 1896 button. If it is Theodore Roosevelt, then it is a 1900 button.

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