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Major William McKinley (1843-1901) Mug
ca. 1896
Gift of Robert and Edith Zucker

Clear pressed glass mug with handle on side. Flared rim. Decoration on body consists of three round sections. Two have fleur-de-lys motifs in the center. The other shows a bust profile portrait of a man. Lettering above the portrait reads, "Protection and Prosperity." Lettering below reads, "Maj. Wm. McKinley." Commemorative for William McKinley (1843-1901).

Republican - and Freemason - William McKinley (1843-1901) ran for president in 1896 and in 1900, winning both times. McKinley conducted his campaign from his Ohio home in 1896, where he presented speeches to the party delegates who traveled there to hear him. Sadly, McKinley's second term as president was cut short when he was shot by anarchist Leon F. Czolgosz (1873-1901) in September 1901 while shaking hands at a reception at the Pan-American Exposition.