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President William McKinley dies on September 14, 1901 of complications from bullet wounds inflicted by Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz, an anarchist, shot the President during one of his public appearances at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Initially doctors believed that President McKinley would survive the assassination attempt even though only one bullet was able to be removed. Read more about it!

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The McKinley Assassination

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Important Dates:

  • September 6, 1901. President William McKinley is shot at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, NY. Anarchist Leon Czolgosz is arrested in connection with the attack.
  • September 14, 1901. McKinley dies of complications from his bullet wounds. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt assumes the presidency.
  • September 15, 1901. A funeral train carrying McKinley’s casket travels from Buffalo to the Capitol in Washington, DC, and finally to Ohio, where McKinley is buried.
  • September 23, 1901. Czolgosz’s trial begins. Three days later, the jury finds him guilty and sentences him to death. October 29, 1901. Czolgosz is executed.

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