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William McKinley: A Chronology of His Life and Career

William McKinley's friends considered him tactful and charming, but others sometimes regarded him as cold and pompous. He went to church regularly and lavished great care and affection upon his invalid wife.

William McKinley at work

January 29, 1843 birthplace Born in Niles, Ohio.
~1852   His family, except for his father, moved to Poland, Ohio.
~1860   Entered junior class of Allegheny College, but left soon after due to illness.
1861   Volunteered for service in the Civil War.
1866   Entered law school in Albany, New York.
1867 Canton Home Admitted to the bar and began practicing law in Canton, Ohio.
1869   Elected Prosecuting Attorney of Stark County, Ohio.
January 25, 1871   Married Ida Saxton.
1873   William and Ida's first daughter, Ida, died at the age of four months.
1876   The couple's second daughter, Katherine, died at the age of four years.
1877-1891   Served in the U.S. House of Representatives.
1891   Elected Governor of Ohio.
1892   Ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination.
1896   Wrote The Tariff in the Days of Henry Clay and Since.
1896 William McKinley's Administration Elected President of the United States.
1900   Re-elected President.
September 6, 1901 Assassination of President McKinley Shot by assassin in Buffalo, New York.
September 14, 1901   Died in Buffalo.
September 30, 1907 McKinley Memorial The McKinley Memorial was dedicated.

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