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United States of America

5¢ William McKinley

Date of issue: April 30, 1904

The subject of the 5¢ Louisiana Purchase Exposition stamp has arguably the weakest link to the event of any of the individuals honored in the 1904 commemorative series. William McKinley did sign a bill which committed the U.S. to hosting the 1904 World’s Fair, but it was more likely that the late President’s assassination in 1901 and the desire for a stamp to honor him led to his inclusion.1

The blue stamp includes the dates of McKinley’s birth (1843) and death.2 It paid the basic international rate, and therefore saw a good deal of use on mail bound for overseas destinations.3

Blue 5-cent U.S. postage stamp picturing William McKinley
William McKinley



  1. American President: William McKinley. Miller Center. Accessed 12 July 2011.
  2. 1904 U.S. Postage Stamps. Accessed 12 July 2011.
  3. Haimann, Alexander T. 5-cent McKinley. Arago: People, Postage & the Post. 26 Jan. 2007. Accessed 12 July 2011.

Published 2018-06-21