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Film, Video President McKinley and escort going to the Capitol

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  • President McKinley and escort going to the Capitol


  • "The film begins by showing military personnel on horseback. The camera was positioned on a side street and photographed representatives of several different companies of American cavalry. Just as the film ends, foot soldiers and West Point cadets preceding the two horse-drawn carriages, one containing President McKinley's party, come into view"--Early motion pictures.
  • "This most excellent picture was secured at the junction of Pennsylvania Avenue and Fifteenth Street. The parade is headed by a platoon of mounted police; next comes the Grand Marshal, Major- General Francis V. Green, and staff, as follows: A. Noel Blakeman, Lieut. Col. John S. Johnson, Major-General N.E. Thompson, U.S.A., Brigadier-General U.S.W. Day, U.S.V., Lieut. Winfield S. Overton, U.S.A., all mounted on splendid horses. Next come the famous Troop A, of Cleveland, Ohio, who act as the personal escort of the President. They present a most striking appearance as they go down the incline on Fifteenth Street, Washington. Next comes President McKinley in his carriage drawn by four of his own horses, the pair of blacks in the lead and the favorite bays on the wheel. The President is seated in the right of the carriage with Senator Hanna on the left beside him, and facing them, with their backs to the driver, are seated Representatives Cannon and McRae. Owing to special permits granted us by the United States Government, we were able to have our camera within twenty feet of the President's carriage when it passed, and an absolutely perfect photograph was secured. The President's carriage is followed by Secretaries Hay and Gage. The third carriage contains Secretary Root, Attorney-General Griggs and the President's Private Secretary Cortelyou. The fourth carriage contains Secretaries Long, Wilson, Hitchcock and Postmaster-General Smith. The fifth carriage contains Lieutenant-General Miles and Admiral Dewey. We also present excellent pictures of the Admiral of the Navy and the General commanding the United States Army as they pass. This picture closes up by showing a detachment of Veterans of the Twenty-third Ohio Volunteers, followed closely by the West Point Cadets, who present a remarkable spectacle as they execute left wheel turning from Fifteenth Street into Pennsylvania Avenue. Length 125 feet. $18.75"--Edison films catalog, July, 1901, p. 8.


  • Porter, Edwin S., camera
  • White, James H. (James Henry), camera
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1901.


  • -  McKinley, William,--1843-1901--Inaugurations
  • -  Presidents--United States--Inauguration
  • -  Greene, F. V.--(Francis Vinton),--1850-1921
  • -  Hanna, Marcus Alonzo,--1837-1904
  • -  Cannon, Joseph Gurney,--1836-1926
  • -  McRae, Thomas C.--(Thomas Chipman),--1851-1929
  • -  Dewey, George,--1837-1917
  • -  Miles, Nelson Appleton,--1839-1925


  • Filmed parades
  • Actualities (Motion pictures)
  • Short films
  • Silent films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  H1795 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 8Mar1901; H1795.
  • -  Duration: 2:02 at 15 fps.
  • -  Camera: Edwin S. Porter, James H. White.
  • -  Photographed March 4, 1901. Location: Pennsylvania Avenue and Fifteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • -  The Library of Congress copy of this film may not include all of the scenes described in the second summary note.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1809) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. See reference librarian.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the paper print collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
  • -  This film was selected for the National Film Registry (under the title, President McKinley Inauguration footage, along with a second film entitled, President McKinley taking the oath).
  • -  Sources used: Niver's Early motion pictures, p. 256; Eagan's America's film legacy, p. 7-8; Edison films, complete catalogue, Form 105, July 1901, p. 8-9.
  • -  35 mm viewing print renumbered: FEB 9417 to FYA 1447.
  • -  35 mm dupe neg pic renumbered: FPE 5216 to FZA 2371.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (67 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 180 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (67 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 180 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos 1 roll of 1 (168 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (168 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4823 (viewing print)
  • FYA 1447 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1832 (dupe neg pic)
  • FZA 2371 (dupe neg pic)
  • Box 1082C (paper pos)
  • Box 5144C (paper pos, copy 2)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

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  • 00694335

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  • image
  • video

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Porter, Edwin S., Camera, James H White, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. President McKinley and escort going to the Capitol. United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc, 1901. Video.

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Porter, E. S., White, J. H., Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1901) President McKinley and escort going to the Capitol. United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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