William McKinley, our 25th president will be the subject of our discussion. Born in Niles, Ohio, in 1843, McKinley briefly attended Allegheny College, and was teaching in a country school when the Civil War broke out. Enlisting as a private in the Union Army. He later studied law, opened an office in Canton Ohio, and married Ida Saxton. At 34, McKinley won a seat in Congress. His attractive personality, exemplary character, and quick intelligence enabled him to rise rapidly.