Club of 16: If You Thought Getting Elected the First Time Was Hard...
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"When we assembled here on the 4th of March, 1897, there was great anxiety with regard to our currency and credit….Then there was deep solicitude because of the long depression in our manufacturing, mining, agricultural, and mercantile industries and the consequent distress of our laboring population. Now every avenue of production is crowded with activity, labor is well employed, and American products find good markets at home and abroad. Our diversified productions, however, are increasing in such unprecedented volume as to admonish us of the necessity of still further enlarging our foreign markets by broader commercial relations. For this purpose reciprocal trade arrangements with other nations should in liberal spirit be carefully cultivated and promoted."
-From his second inaugural address, William McKinley (1897-1901)