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Wednesday, November 05, 2003

In the friendly atmosphere of the McKinley Administration, industrial combinations developed at an unprecedented pace...foreign policy, dominated McKinley's Administration.

Regarding Vice President Garret A. Hobart:

He was a corporate lawyer and exceptional fund raiser for the party and thus had no political experience before becoming vice president ...
He had a fear of public speaking and avoided public and senate orations.
He did rally support for the Spanish-American War effort, and was so adamant that we invade Cuba, McKinley used Hobart's pen to sign the declaration of war.
In early 1899 he started having fainting spells, then died of heart failure. William McKinley was deeply saddened by the loss of his close friend and advisor, but it did give the Republican party bosses an opportunity to muzzle New York’s governor by making him McKinley's running mate in 1900.

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