|A souvenir postcard in our collection.|
With the recent announcement that Mt. McKinley will be re-named Denali, William McKinley has become part of a national conversation!
On Monday I spoke to several reporters, from such prestigious news organizations as The New York Times, the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, the Associated Press, and Ohio Public Radio, just to name a few. I did no less than 15 interviews for TV, radio, and print.
As the buzz dies down about the name change itself, we are seeing an increase in stories focusing on McKinley's legacy, which is far greater than his name on a mountain.We hope that people will take the time to learn more about our 25th president, who, quite frankly, is often (unjustly) overlooked in American history.
I wanted to use this blog to post a brief biography of President McKinley from the Civil War through his Presidency, excerpted from Christopher Kenney's book The McKinley Monument: A Tribute to a Fallen President. In his first chapter, Chris summarizes McKinley's life before digging into the history of the Monument itself:
|Private William McKinley|
|McKinley around the time he entered law school|
|Baby Ida and Katie were originally buried in West Lawn Cemetery.|
|McKinley delivering a speech on the famous Front Porch|
|McKinley arriving at the Exposition|
|An artist's rendering of the assassination|
|President McKinley lying in state in Washington, DC|