Today in American History…President William McKinley was Born on January 29, 1843 🇺🇸

Today in American history…former President William McKinley was born on January 29, 1843 in Niles, Ohio to William McKinley Sr. and Nancy (Allison) McKinley. He was the seventh of nine children born into the family.

He was our 25th U.S. President from March 4, 1897 until his death on September 14, 1901.

Before he was elected as our 25th President, he was also:

On the battlefield at Antietam, as a member of the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.

A Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio from 1877 to 1891.

Governor of Ohio from 1892 to 1896.

Some other interesting facts about President McKinley are:

The first President to ride in an automobile while in office.

The first President to use a telephone to campaign for votes.

During the Civil War, William McKinley’s commanding officer was Rutherford B. Hayes, who would go on to become the 19th President of the United States.

President McKinley’s portrait was featured on the $500 bill which last printed in 1934.

He had a parrot named “Washington Post” who could whistle to the tune of Yankee Doodle.

President McKinley’s inauguration on March 4, 1897 was the first presidential inauguration to be filmed.

President McKinley’s favorite flower was the carnation and he wore them as a good luck charm on his lapel. While attending the Pan-American Exposition on September 6, 1901, he greeted a line of well-wishers. He happened to pull his red carnation from his lapel and gave it to a little girl waiting in line and within seconds was shot. He passed away eight days later on September 14, 1901.

(National Portrait Gallery at The Smithsonian in Washington, DC)

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