Description: Front page of the Columbus Dispatch announcing the death of President William McKinley, September 14, 1901. Just six months after his inauguration for a second term as president, McKinley was visiting the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, on September 1, 1901, when he was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz during a public reception. Though he initially appeared to be recovering well, his health took a turn for the worse and he succumbed to his injuries in the early morning hours of September 14th. His death meant the third successful presidential assassination in our country’s history, and the second for a president from Ohio.
In the wake of McKinley's assassination, memorials to the fallen president abounded, including the creation of the McKinley Memorial in Canton, Ohio, completed in 1907. Two of his lasting contributions include far more vigilant security for U.S. presidents over the past century, and the selection of the red carnation as Ohio’s state flower in 1904. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: P245_B01F19_001 Subjects: McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Presidents--Death and burial; Ohio History--Presidents and Politics; Assassinations; Newspapers Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio); Buffalo (New York);
Description: Print illustrating William Henry Harrison on his death bed, April 4, 1841. He is pictured with his niece, nephew, physician and members of his cabinet. Harrison was elected President of the United States in 1840 and became the first president to die in office when he succumbed to pneumonia in April 1841, just a few weeks after his inauguration. Beneath the print's title are Harrison's last words: "I wish you to understand the true principles of the Government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more." These were spoken to his doctor, but were more likely directed at John Tyler, his vice president and next in succession. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL06241 Subjects: Presidents--Death and burial; Ohio History--Presidents and Politics; Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841
Description: Photograph of the pond and fountain in Cleveland Square (now called Public Square) with the caption, "Decorations during Garfield Obsequies," from the collection of Louis Baus. President James A. Garfield, an Ohio native, was only in office for four months before he was shot by assassin Charles Guiteau on July 1, 1881. Garfield survived another two and a half months, but succumbed to complications from the wound on September 19, 1881. His body was transferred by funeral train to Cleveland, where he is buried in Lake View Cemetery. Baus, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, was born in 1875. He began his career as a professional photographer doing studio work before becoming a staff photographer for the Cleveland Advocate in 1911. Baus worked for the paper, which was later purchased by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, for thirty-eight years until his death in 1949. He was also an avid collector of historic photographs. The Louis Baus Collection consists of over one thousand photographs mounted in View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: P223_B01_A01_049 Subjects: Cleveland (Ohio)--Buildings, structures, etc.; Cities and towns--Ohio; Sculptures; squares (open spaces); Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881; Presidents--Death and burial; Places: Cleveland (Ohio); Cuyahoga County (Ohio)
Description: Photograph showing Cleveland Square (now known as Public Square) on September 18, 1901, during an encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic and the funeral of President William McKinley, from the collection of Louis Baus. McKinley was shot by assassin Leon Czolgosz during a public appearance on September 6, 1901, and died of his wounds eight days later. He is buried in Canton, Ohio.
Louis Baus, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, was born in 1875. He began his career as a professional photographer doing studio work before becoming a staff photographer for the Cleveland Advocate in 1911. Baus worked for the paper, which was later purchased by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, for thirty-eight years until his death in 1949. He was also an avid collector of historic photographs. The Louis Baus Collection consists of over one thousand photographs mounted in eleven albums, showing historic Cleveland, the village of Zoar and Ohio covered bridges and mills. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: P223_B01_A01_065 Subjects: Cleveland (Ohio)--Buildings, structures, etc.; Cities and towns--Ohio; squares (open spaces); Monuments & memorials; Presidents--Death and burial; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Places: Cleveland (Ohio); Cuyahoga County (Ohio)
Unveiling of McKinley Memorial at Ohio StatehouseSave
Description: Photograph taken of crowds during the unveiling of the McKinley Memorial on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, September 14th, 1906. William McKinley (1843-1901) was born in Niles, Ohio, but lived much of his life in Canton. He served as a U.S. Senator for Stark County and as Governor of Ohio before being elected president in 1896, and had just been elected to a second term in 1901 when he was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz in Buffalo, New York. The memorial, erected on the west side of Capitol Square and constructed of bronze and granite by sculptor Hermon Atkins MacNeil, drew over 50,000 people to its unveiling. Also present at the ceremony was guest of honor Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of McKinley's vice president, Theodore Roosevelt. This image comes from a collection assembled in March 1929 by the F. & R. Lazarus Company to mark its 78th anniversary. The photographs and materials assembled in a scrapbook represented the origins and growth of Columbus since 1803. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: P92_B01_F10_185 Subjects: Columbus (Ohio)--History--19th century; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Presidents--Death and burial; Ohio Statehouse (Columbus, Ohio) Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)
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