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    A popular component of every presidential campaign from as far back as 1800 is campaign music, collections of ditties written to build up enthusiasm in crowds, satirize opponents and highlight key campaign issues. Ohio Governor William McKinley (1845-1901) defeated his opponent, William Jennings Bryan in the 1896 and 1900 presidential elections.  The Cleveland Public Library owns the sheet music for eight of McKinley’s campaign songs especially written for the 1896 election. Known as the McKinley Campaign Songs, all the songs are rare and several of the pieces are one-of-a-kind. 


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