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William McKinley Presidential Collection
Description: Portrait of future president William McKinley while he was a 1st Lieutenant in the 23rd O.V.I., ca. 1863-1865. McKinley was the twenty-fifth president of the United States. He was born on January 29, 1843, in Niles, Ohio. For a brief period he attended Allegheny College and then taught school. In 1861 he enlisted as a private in the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company E, under the command of Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1865 he left the service as a brevet rank of Major. He studied law in Ohio and New York and was admitted to the bar in 1867. He opened a law practice in Canton, Ohio, and in 1869 became a prosecuting attorney of Stark County. He married Ida Saxton on January 25, 1871. From 1876 to 1890 he served as a Republican representative in the United States Congress. He served as governor of Ohio from 1891 to 1896. In 1896 he was elected President of the United States and led the nation as commander in chief during the Spanish-American War. McKinley was elected to a second term in 1900. Unfortunately, his second term was cut short when McKinley was assassinated in 1901 while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: P399_001_01
Subjects: Presidents and Politics; Military Ohio; Civil War; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry (O.V.I.)
Places: Ohio