This chapter focuses on William McKinley, who quietly retained firm control of his administration and was a conscientious chief executive who met with his cabinet twice a week. He turned out to be another strong president in the mold of Lincoln or Cleveland, laying the foundations of the modern presidency and anticipating many innovations associated more today with Theodore Roosevelt. Though he did not explicitly state an intention to restore the prestige and authority of his office, McKinley's actions during his first year reveal a president with an instinct for power and a clear purpose of augmenting it. So transformed was the office that he “surrounded the presidency with a dignity that became almost imperial.”
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