McKinley and the First White House Press Corps

  • Stephen Ponder


When President William McKinley led the United States into war against Spain in 1898, it was an extraordinary experience for the presidency as well as for the nation. The major fighting in Cuba and the Philippines was brief, between April and September, and the outcome was never in doubt. But the war marked the beginnings of an “imperial presidency,” as Arthur Schlesinger later described it, as well as the foundations of a recognizably modern relationship between the President and the Washington press corps.1


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