The 25th POTUS by the Numbers

Evening, all.

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.


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