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William McKinley tomb under construction photograph
Description: This photograph shows the tomb of President William McKinley under construction in Canton, Ohio. William McKinley, Jr. was president of the United States from March, 1897 to September, 1901. McKinley was born in Niles, Ohio, but he spent much of his life in Canton, Ohio. Elected to two terms as president, McKinley's second term began as a celebration of the United States' victory in the Spanish-American War. Economic prosperity also seemed to have returned, following the Panic of 1893. The United States was involved in the Philippino Insurrection, as the nation tried to solidify its control over the Philippine Islands, but most Americans remained unconcerned with this conflict. To celebrate these accomplishments, McKinley embarked on a cross-country tour during the summer of 1901. Before returning to Washington, DC, McKinley stopped at Buffalo, New York, to give a speech at the Pan American Exposition. Leon Czolgosz assassinated McKinley at the exposition. McKinley died on September 14, 1901, eight days after being shot. To honor McKinley, schoolchildren from across the United States donated money to build the McKinley National Memorial in Canton. The McKinley Memorial Association, formed after the president's death, helped raise the funds. The memorial also is a tomb, with McKinley, his wife Ida Saxton McKinley, and two of the McKinleys' children interred inside. Harold Van Buren Magonigle designed the McKinley National Memorial. Construction began on the memorial in 1905. Workers used over two million bricks in the tomb's construction. The memorial is capped with two domes. One dome, which is fifty feet in diameter and seventy-five feet high, is known as the interior dome. The exterior dome is seventy-five feet in diameter and ninety-five feet high. President Theodore Roosevelt, who became president upon McKinley's death, dedicated the memorial on September 30, 1907. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL07676
Subjects: Ohio History--Presidents and Politics; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Monuments & memorials; Presidents
Places: Canton (Ohio); Stark County (Ohio)