William McKinley toby jug produced by Morris and Willmore for Alfred E. Evans of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1896. William McKinley (1843-1901) was an American politician who served as the 25th president of the United States from 1897 until his assassination in 1901. A member of the Republican Party, he led a realignment that made Republicans largely dominant in the industrial states and nationwide for decades. He presided over victory in the Spanish–American War of 1898; gained control of Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Cuba; restored prosperity after a deep depression; rejected the inflationary monetary policy of free silver, keeping the nation on the gold standard; and raised protective tariffs. The McKinley Jug was made for the 1896 presidential campaign and depicts William McKinley in Napoleonic costume and pose.
The jug ridicules the candidate by likening him to Napoleon. McKinley's association with the emperor dates to his years in Congress, when his aggressive bill enforcing a protective tariff on foreign goods entering the United States earned him the nickname "Napoleon of Protection."
Alfred E. Evans