About Collecting William McKinley Autographs
William McKinley’s letters are somewhat uncommon overall. There are some early ones from his law practice, usually signed as “William McKinley, Jr.” and an occasional one from his stint as governor of Ohio, but the first time that letters appear in profusion during is the 1896 campaign. Then he had an extensive correspondence in which the letters are typically typed (though there are many written out by secretaries and a few by McKinley himself). In the White House his communications were almost always typed. His letters tend to be short and relate to a particular matter, though on occasion he could express his feelings in an interesting manner. There is a surprising lack of White House letters in the marketplace; an important content one would be quite a find.
McKinley was the last Civil War veteran to serve as president, and is best remembered for leading the country in the Spanish-American War, and for accepting a rambunctious young man he disliked, Theodore Roosevelt, as his running mate in 1900.