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5-cent McKinley

The Post Office Department featured President William McKinley (1897-1901) on the 5-cent stamp of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Issue because it was McKinley who signed the bill committing the United States to staging the Exposition. An assassin's bullet fatally wounded McKinley in 1901, three years before the fair opened.

The 5-cent stamp most often paid the single-weight Universal Postal Union International rate or was used with other denominations to fulfill large weight and destination rates. The BEP produced 6,926,700 of these stamps.


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