Wednesday, January 30, 2019
But the biggest contributor to McKinley's standing in history was Theodore Roosevelt, whose leadership style could not have been further removed from that of McKinley. Impetuous, voluble, amusing, grandiose, prone to making his territory with political defiance, Roosevelt stirred the imagination of the American people as McKinley never had. To the Major's solidity, safety, and caution, the Rough Rider offered a mind that moved "by flashes or whims or sudden impulses," as William Allen White described it. He took the American people on a political roller-coaster ride, and to many it was thrilling.
But the New Yorker was never one to share the credit with others. His theatrical self-importance led even his children to acknowledge that he wanted to be "the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral."
-Robert W. Merry, President McKinley: Architect of the American Century