The Spanish-American War
Enrique Dupuy de Lôme in The Spanish-American War
Enrique Dupuy de Lôme (1816-1885) was a Spanish diplomat who is best known for a letter he penned to a Spanish official in Cuba in 1898. The private correspondence, which criticized President William McKinley, was leaked to the American press and ultimately fueled popular cries for intervention in Cuba against Spain.
On 9 February 9 1898, the New York Journal published a private letter written by De Lôme to a Spanish official in Cuba. In it, De Lôme attacked President McKinley, calling him "weak," and "a low politician," and forewarned of American intervention in support of Cuban insurgents. The American public fumed over the De Lôme letter, and called for war against Spain.