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Old December 6th, 2012, 07:25 PM   #11

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Granted, you can just take this as a revisionist point of view, but if you're interested in delving into the subject more:
I had no intention of getting off the topic of McKinley, and wanted to bring out the corrupt environment of politics that spawned him. But none of the sources you linked have less an agenda than Ida Tarbell did. I commented in The Dark Side of Thomas Jefferson about DiLorenzo, comparing his history to Wiencek.

Be that as it may, my contention was with reference to the frequent accusation that McKinley was corrupt. He was weak, and became president in an era where laissez faire capitalism seduced an entire generation of wealthy Americans and politicians to acts of corruption that disgust our notions of fair play. (as opposed to laissez faire play).
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I think he was an excellent president. He inherited a financial disaster and the economy was booming when he left. He strikes me as a decent man who was a pretty effective leader. His biggest fault was that he relied too much on Mark Hanna and that hurt him.
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Most of the US president after Grant to TR are pretty forgetable, McKinley included. Teddy Roosevelt just overshadowed him, and he opposed many of McKinley's policy. I seem to recall the Republican bosses got TR the Vice Presidency because they thought TR couldn't any harm in that office. They did not anticipate McKinley being shot.

I always like a quip I heard that was allegedly from Mark Hanna, boss of the Republican party - "He carried out McKinley's policies. He (TR) carried them out and buried them".
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Most of the US president after Grant to TR are pretty forgetable, McKinley included. Teddy Roosevelt just overshadowed him, and he opposed many of McKinley's policy. I seem to recall the Republican bosses got TR the Vice Presidency because they thought TR couldn't any harm in that office. They did not anticipate McKinley being shot.

I always like a quip I heard that was allegedly from Mark Hanna, boss of the Republican party - "He carried out McKinley's policies. He (TR) carried them out and buried them".
Mark Hanna's instructions to William McKinley, after McKinley was elected to a second term with T.R. as his Vice President: "Your duty to the country is to live for four years from next March!"
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