William McKinley is more associated with economic and military measures than with important reforms of American legal institutions, although juvenile courts were created during his administration. In spite of this record, McKinley trained as a lawyer, and his political career was launched thanks to the cases that he defended and that allowed him to show a commitment to workers’ rights. Yet, McKinley's determined, bold presidential style began to alert many Americans that the president was increasing the authority of his office at the ...

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