April 29, 2017

Today in History: William McKinley

McKinley Assassination newspaper coverage
Today in History–September 06–the Library of Congress features President William McKinley, shot on this day in 1901 just six months after his second inauguration. President McKinley died eight days later, reportedly while singing his favorite hymn, “Nearer my God to Thee, Nearer to Thee“. Anarchist Leon Czolgosz is found guilty of assassinating the president and is executed less than two months later. Learn more  by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to the 25th president of the United States.

Primary source sets

William McKinley 1897 inauguration items

William McKinley 1901 inauguration items

The Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition (1901)

William McKinley image set

William McKinley political cartoons from Puck magazine

William McKinley books & articles

Portions of the last speech of President McKinley (audio reenactment)

Sheet music

Selected printed ephemera

Selected 19th-century magazine articles

Chronicling America historical newspaper collection

More resources

 

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