The William McKinley assassination
occurred on September 6, 1901, inside the Temple of Music
located on the grounds of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition
, New York
. United States President William McKinley
was visiting the Exposition and was standing in a receiving line shaking hands with ordinary citizens when he was shot twice by Leon Czolgosz
, an anarchist
McKinley initially appeared to be recovering from his wounds, but took a turn for the worse on September 12, six days after the shooting. Over the course of the next two days his health quickly deteriorated and he died on September 14, 1901. Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt
succeeded McKinley as President. McKinley was the third out of four U.S. presidents who have been assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln
and James A. Garfield
, and preceding John F. Kennedy
. It was after McKinley's murder that the U.S. Congress
passed legislation to officially charge the Secret Service
with the responsibility for providing the physical protection of all U.S. presidents.
McKinley at the Exposition
McKinley and his wife, Ida
, arrived at the Exposition the previous day on September 5, which had been designated as "President's Day" in his honor.
On the morning of the 6th, McKinley visited Niagara......