William McKinley’s First Inaugural Speech March 4, 1897

Because of the recent emphasis being given to the new President’s inaugural address, we present a transcript of William McKinley’s first inaugural speech, given on March 4, 1897. http://millercenter.org/president/mckinley/speeches/speech-35621995-1-61

Chief Justice Melville Fuller administers the oath of office to William McKinley on March 4, 1897. Shown looking on (and in pain due to gout) is out-going President Grover Cleveland.

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