Assassination of William McKinley

Assassination Of William McKinley

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The William McKinley assassination occurred on September 6, 1901, inside the Temple of Music located on the grounds of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, 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 in 1865 and James A. Garfield in 1881, and preceding John F. Kennedy in 1963. 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......
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