McKINLEY, William, Jr., a Representative from Ohio and 25th President of the United States; born in Niles,
Ohio, January 29, 1843; attended the public schools, Poland Academy, and Allegheny College;
teacher; served in the Union Army, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1865; lawyer, private practice;
prosecuting attorney of Stark County, Ohio, 1869-1871; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth
and to the two succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1883); chair, Committee on
Revision of the Laws (Forty-seventh Congress); presented credentials as a Member-elect to the
Forty-eighth Congress and served from March 4, 1883, until May 27, 1884, when he was succeeded
by Jonathan H. Wallace, who successfully contested his election; again elected to the Forty-ninth and
to the two succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); chair, Committee on Ways and
Means (Fifty-first Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second
Congress; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1884, 1888, and 1892; Governor of
Ohio 1891-1896; President of the United States 1897-1901; shot by an assassin in Buffalo, N.Y., on
September 6, 1901; died in Buffalo, N.Y., on September 14, 1901; interment in the McKinley
Monument (adjacent to West Lawn Cemetery), Canton, Ohio.
BibliographyMorgan, Howard W. William McKinley and
His America. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1963.