President William McKinley

2099 WordsJan 29, 20188 Pages
“The march of events rules and overrules human action,” William McKinley’s own words would soon become foretelling for his presidency. On September 6, 1901, at the Pan American Exhibition in Buffalo, New York, President William McKinley reached for another handshake two large bangs interrupted the buzz of voices in the Temple of Music. Eight days later, William McKinley died from his wounds. McKinley’s untimely death shocked the nation and created many changes in the United States as a whole. How and why McKinley was assassinated and what changes occurred due to the death of the President. William McKinley was born on January 29, 1843, in Niles, Ohio. At age ten, he moved with his family to Poland, Ohio. William Jr. was the seventh of eight children. His father owned a small iron foundry which gave young William a strong work ethic and a respectful attitude. William’s mother, Nancy, taught him the value of prayer, courtesy, and honesty in all relations. Education in William’s early years consisted of attending a school run by the Methodist seminary in his hometown of Poland, Ohio. After graduation he attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania for only one term due to illness after his fight with depression and financial difficulties in the family. Financial troubles within the family made it impossible for William to go back to school, forcing him to take a job as a postal clerk and later a teaching position at a school near his home in Poland, Ohio.
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