Button, William McKinley, 1900

Button, William McKinley, 1900

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President William McKinley needed a new running mate for his re-election campaign in 1900 because his first vice president, Garret Hobart, had died in office. McKinley chose Theodore Roosevelt, governor of New York and hero of the Spanish-American War. The Democratic challenger William Jennings Bryan who had lost to McKinley in 1896 also chose a new running mate in 1900, Adlai Stevenson. McKinley defeated both Bryan and Eugene V. Debs who ran with Job Harriman on the Social Democratic Party ticket and finished a distant third.
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American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
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