The likeness of William McKinley (1843-1901), the twenty-fifth president of the United States, appears on the 25-cent value of the 1938 Presidential. The image was taken from a medal produced by the U.S. Mint.
A career politician, McKinley was a six-term congressman and the governor of Ohio before beating William Jennings Bryan for two terms in the White House (1897-1901). He was assassinated early in his second term while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901.
This red lilac stamp, printed only in sheet form, was issued on December 2, 1938, the same day as the 24-cent Presidential Series value featuring Benjamin Harrison.
While this 25-cent stamp would pay a variety of rates in combination with other stamps, collectors looking for a solo usage have many rates from which to choose, including: 1) a domestic registered (twenty cents) one ounce airmail (five cent) letter (in effect October 1, 1946, through December 31, 1948; and 2) a special delivery (twenty cents) one ounce surface letter to foreign countries except South America and Spain (five cents) (in effect September 1, 1926, through October 31, 1953); and 3) a half-ounce airmail letter to Asia (except the USSR and Turkey), the Pacific Islands, and Africa except Mediterranean North Africa (in effect November 1, 1946, through June 30, 1971).