For countdown day 25, let’s look at some fast facts on the 25th U.S. President, William McKinley:
- Born: January 29, 1843 in Niles, Ohio
- Education: Allegheny College, Mount Union College, Albany Law School
- Parents: William McKinley Sr. and Nancy McKinley
- Spouse: Ida Saxton (m. 1871–1901)
- Children: Katherine, Ida (Sadly, both the McKinley daughters died in childhood.)
- Lesser-known fact: Shortly after the Civil War began in 1861, McKinley enlisted in the Union Army and became part of the 23rd Ohio Infantry. McKinley was made a second lieutenant, and after seeing action at the Battle of Buffington Island (on the Ohio River), he was eventually promoted to major.
- Additional fun fact: He was featured on the $500 U.S. bill from 1928-1934. (The U.S. Treasury discontinued the $500 bill in July 1969.)
- Also known for: McKinley oversaw the beginning of U.S. imperialism in Latin America.
- Best known for: On September 6, 1901, McKinley was shot twice by anarchist Leon Czolgosz, while the President was visiting the Pan-American Exhibit in Buffalo, New York. Czolgosz claimed that he shot McKinley because the former President was an enemy of working people.
- Died: September 14, 1901 in Buffalo, NY
Stay tuned for some more fast facts and other wonders, as we move along.
Make it a great night, and we’ll catch back up tomorrow.