: The McKinley Memorial in Niles, a memorial to President McKinley. The engraving on the structure reads: "WILLIAM MCKINLEY/ NATIONAL MEMORIAL FREE TO THE PEOPLE." Ohioan William McKinley, Jr., was President of the United States of America from 1897 to 1901. His presidency is known for the Spanish American War in 1898.
The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Association was incorporated by a special Act of Congress on March 4, 1911. The purpose of the Association was to erect a
suitable structure marking the birthplace of President William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States. The result was the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial.
The 232 foot by 136 foot by 38 foot monument is constructed of Georgian marble with two lateral wings--
one wing houses the public library called the McKinley Memorial Library, and the other wing houses the
McKinley Museum and an auditorium. The Museum contains artifacts of the life and presidency of McKinley.
In the center of the Memorial is a Court of Honor supported by 28 imposing columns. It features a heroic statue of McKinley sculptured by John Massey-Rhind. Surrounding the statue are busts and tablets dedicated to the members of McKinley's cabinet and other prominent men who were closely associated with him.
These bronze busts, mounted on marble pedestals, weigh between 800 and 1100 pounds each.
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: AL06537 Subjects
: McKinley, William, 1843- 1901; Monuments & memorials; William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum Places
: Niles (Ohio); Trumbull County (Ohio)