William B. McKinley


William McKinley


On September 6, 1901, while greeting people at an official reception at Buffalo, McKinley was shot at point-blank range by an anarchist named Leon Czolgosz. McKinley slumped in a chair, his first thoughts for the safety of his assailant, who was being tackled by people nearby, and his second thoughts for his wife, Ida, a semi-invalid who suffered from seizures. “My wife,” he gasped, “be careful how you tell her.” He was taken to a hospital where he lingered for a few days. His wife was at his bedside as his end approached. “I want to go too, I want to go too,” she sobbed. “We are all going,” said McKinley faintly. He did not speak again.
Biographical Note: 

William B. McKinley was a U.S. politician and the 25th president of the United States (1897–1901). He was a congressman and later (1891–96) governor of Ohio. His administration was marked by the war with Spain over Cuba and moves to expand American power abroad, notably in the Far East.