William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States. McKinley faced huge budget deficits when he came into office and enacted the high tariffs that were protested by the public. This issue was soon set aside with the onset of the Spanish-American War. William McKinley always wore a red carnation in his lapel for good luck. But on September 6, 1901, he bent to give the carnation to a little girl when he was shot by an anarchist. He died from his wound 8 days later. What is an anarchist?