The de Lôme Letter: A Factor in the Spanish-American War

Enrique Dupuy de Lôme was the Spanish minister to Washington. On February 9, 1898, a letter he had written to a government official in Havana was published in the American press. The private correspondence labeled President McKinley as “a low politician" and a man who was weak and catered to the rabble.

Many Americans probably shared those views, but were outraged when they were voiced by a foreign official. War fever began its spread throughout the country.

De Lôme promptly submitted his resignation and informed the U.S. authorities that the letter represented his views, not those of his government.

This public insult, coupled with looming congressional elections in the fall, pushed McKinley into reconsidering his view of the conflict in Cuba. That change was accelerated by the destruction of the Maine a few days later.

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Enrique Dupuy de Lôme
Minister Dupuy de Lôme admitted authorship of the letter and had previously transmitted his resignation to Madrid. Meanwhile the New York Journal, owned by William Randolph Hearst, had printed an English translation of its contents under the ...
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The De Lome letter
This caused a storm of excitement. Just how the Cuban Junta secured the letter is not known, but it proved a powerful weapon. The excitement had not cooled down on the morning of February 16, 1898, when the country was driven wild with excitement ...
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PBS - THE WEST - Antonio López de Santa Anna
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