President William McKinley
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Actor Brent Crawford
Seen The Spy Who Came Up to the Cold
Mentioned War on Terror
The Local Option
Gender Male
Age 58 years
Status Historical
Job U.S. President

President William McKinley is the President of the United States (1897 - 1901), introduced in Season 7 of Murdoch Mysteries, portrayed by Brent Crawford.


William McKinley (1843 – 1901) was the 25th President of the United States, serving until his assassination. McKinley led the nation to victory in the Spanish–American War, raised protective tariffs to promote American industry, and maintained the nation on the gold standard in a rejection of inflationary proposals.

Historians regard McKinley's 1896 victory as a realigning election, in which the political stalemate of the post-Civil War era gave way to the Republican-dominated Fourth Party System, which began with the Progressive Era. McKinley defeated Bryan again in the 1900 presidential election, in a campaign focused on imperialism, protectionism, and free silver. However, his legacy was quickly cut short when a successful assassination was carried out on September 6, 1901 by Leon Czolgosz, a second-generation Polish-American with anarchist leanings, and he was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt. As an innovator of American interventionism and pro-business sentiment, McKinley's presidency is generally considered above average, though his universally positive public perception was soon overshadowed by Roosevelt.

Appearances and Mentions

War on Terror

  • President William McKinley is first mentioned when Terrence Meyers explains that the Canadian government is in talks with the Americans over a visit to Canada by President William McKinley. They believe that the Americans aren't convinced that Canadian standards over law and order don't exactly meet theirs, and they were worried about the possible terror attacks in Canada.

The Spy Who Came Up to the Cold

  • President William McKinley appears for the first time, alive and greeting an assembled crowd, just prior to his assassination.


Murdoch Mysteries Season 7
"Murdoch Ahoy" • "Tour de Murdoch" • "The Filmed Adventures of Detective William Murdoch" • "Return of Sherlock Holmes" • "Murdoch of the Living Dead" • "Murdochophobia" • "Loch Ness Murdoch" • "Republic of Murdoch" • "A Midnight Train to Kingston" • "Murdoch in Ragtime" • "Journey to the Centre of Toronto" • "Unfinished Business" • "The Murdoch Sting"•"Friday the 13th, 1901"•"The Spy Who Came Up to the Cold"•"Kung Fu Crabtree"•"Blast of Silence"•"The Death of Dr. Ogden"
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