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William McKinley

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William McKinley

William McKinley (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States, from 1897 until his assassination in 1901.

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  • "The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation."[1]
Simple: The United States should make other countries like the United States.
  • "I could not have told where those damned islands were within 2,000 miles," he confessed later.[2]
Simple: I didn't know where the Philippines were, and would not have gotten close if I had guessed.
About the quote: When he received a message from Admiral George Dewey reporting the capture of Manila, President William McKinley had to look up the location of the Philippines on a globe.


  1. Letter (December 21, 1898)
  2. Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts, pages 360-361

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