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Q: Newspaper correspondents in the White House ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Newspaper correspondents in the White House
Category: Reference, Education and News > Teaching and Research
Asked by: kitten7-ga
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Posted: 27 Apr 2005 11:02 PDT
Expires: 27 May 2005 11:02 PDT
Question ID: 514969
What president established a press room in the White House for
newspaper correspondents?
Subject: Re: Newspaper correspondents in the White House
Answered By: markj-ga on 27 Apr 2005 11:22 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
kitten7 --

The answer is William McKinley, who was president from 1897 until
September 1901 when he was assassinated shortly after the beginning of
his second term.

Here is an authoritative source for the information:

"But [what] McKinley noted was that the number of American newspapers
were tripling in circulation between roughly 1890 and 1910. What he
also noticed was that there were new associations of the press, such
as the Associated Press which begins at this time or the New York Sun
Syndicate which became a very powerful newspaper group. And McKinley
decides that these people are going to get news someplace, why not
from him? So he is the person who sets up the first press room in the
White House. He gives a place in the White House where correspondents,
who are now welcome, can do their work."

PBS: The American Experience: Interview Transcript: The First White
House Press Room

Additional Information:

Here is a link to a brief biography of President McKinley:

White House: Presidents: McKinley

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