Sunday, September 7, 2008

Another Civil War vet murdered

On September 6, 1901 our 25th President and Civil War Vet was murdered in Buffalo, New York. The William McKinley assassination took place on September 6, 1901, at the Temple of Music, in Buffalo, New York. President William McKinley, attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, was shot twice by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist. McKinley initially appeared to be recovering from his wounds, but took a turn for the worse six days after the shooting and died on September 14, 1901. Theodore Roosevelt succeeded McKinley as President. McKinley was the third of four American presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and James Garfield in 1881 and preceding John F. Kennedy in 1963. After McKinley's murder Congress would officially charge the United States Secret Service with the physical protection of American presidents.

Presonally, I grew up near Buffalo, New York in a small town called Youngstown. Yesterday was the 107th Anniversary of the McKinley assassination.

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