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SAR Compatriot Presidents of the United States

William McKinley, Jr. (25th President of the United States)

William McKinley, Jr.

William McKinley was twice elected as president and served from 1897 to 1901 as the twenty-fifth president of the United States. He was born in Niles, Ohio, on January 29, 1843; attended Allegheny College in Pennsylvania; and volunteered for the Union Army during the Civil War. He distinguished himself in action, rising to the rank of major. William McKinley was the last veteran of the Civil War to be elected as president. He later graduated from the Albany Law School.

McKinley served in the House of Representatives, later was elected as the governor of Ohio, and became a national political figure. In 1896, he was nominated at the Republican National Convention and elected president by a large plurality.

President McKinley died in Buffalo, New York, on September 14, 1901, at the age of fifty-eight, succumbing to wounds received in an assassination attempt eight days after being shot. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt succeeded President McKinley. McKinley is buried in Canton, Ohio.

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