1896

Campaign Textile for William McKinley and Garret Hobart (2001.067.28)

Campaign Textile for William McKinley (1843-1901) and Garret A. Hobart (1844-1899), 1896

H.B. Hall's Sons

New York, New York

Gift of Robert A. Frank, 2001.067.28

Photograph by David Bohl

Campaign Textile for William McKinley and Garret Hobart (2001.067.29)

Campaign Textile for William McKinley (1843-1901) and Garret A. Hobart (1844-1899), 1896

Unidentified Maker

United States

Gift of Robert A. Frank, 2001.067.29

Photograph by David Bohl

Campaign Textile for William McKinley (2001.067.30)

Campaign Textile for William McKinley (1843-1901), 1900

Unidentified Maker

United States

Gift of Robert A. Frank, 2001.067.30

Photograph by David Bohl

Campaign Textile for William McKinley (2001.067.27)

Campaign Textile for William McKinley (1843-1901), 1896

Unidentified Maker

United States

Gift of Robert A. Frank, 2001.067.27

Photograph by David Bohl

Campaign Textile for William McKinley and Garret Hobart (93.002)

Campaign Textile for William McKinley (1843-1901) and Garret A. Hobart (1844-1899). 1896

Unidentified Maker

United States

Gift of John Hunter, 93.002

Photograph by??

Republican - and Freemason - William McKinley (1843-1901) ran for president in 1896 and in 1900, winning both times.  Supporters used banners like these to promote his candidacy.  One of the slogans seen on the banners is "Patriotism, Protection and Prosperity."  McKinley had promoted a protective tariff since 1890 when he introduced a tariff bill that became known as the "McKinley Tariff."

McKinley conducted his campaign from his Ohio home in 1896, where he presented speeches to the party delegates who traveled there to hear him.  His opponent, Democratic candidate William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), took to the rails and traveled around the country to address thousands.

Memorial Portrait of William McKinley (2001.067.42)

Memorial Portrait of William McKinley (1843-1901), 1901

Unidentified Maker

United States

Gift of Robert A. Frank, 2001.067.42

Photograph by David Bohl

Commemorative Platter for William McKinley (2008.021.5)

Commemorative Platter for William McKinley (1843-1901), 1901

Unidentified Maker

United States

Gift of Robert and Edith Zucker, 2008.021.5

Photograph by David Bohl

Sadly, William McKinley's second term as president was cut short when he was shot by anarchist Leon F. Czolgosz (1873-1901) in Septmber 1901 while shaking hands at a public reception at the Pan-American Exposition.  Many souvenirs, like these, were produced to help the American people demonstrate their grief and honor McKinley's memory.