Sunday, September 14, 2003

Ohio Moments


President McKinley killed by anarchist

On Sept. 14, 1901, President William McKinley, a native of Niles, Ohio, died while recovering from gunshot wounds in Buffalo.

McKinley was shot twice by an anarchist on Sept. 6 at the Pan American Exposition. He was taken to the exposition's emergency hospital, where a doctor operated but was unable to remove one of the bullets.

The president's prognosis was good. He was taken to the house of John Milburn, president of the Pan American Exposition Company, to recover, but gangrene and other complications set in.

On Sept. 13 a doctor said: "It is useless, gentlemen. I think we ought to have a prayer."

McKinley died the next day. He was buried at Westlaw Cemetery in Canton.

Rebecca Goodman

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com or call (513) 768-8361.




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