American Presidents

More about William McKinley

  • During his term, Hawaii was annexed.
  • Ida McKinley suffered from epileptic seizures. McKinley remained devoted to his wife throughout his presidency, even covering her face with a handkerchief when she would have a seizure in public and then continuing as though nothing had happened.
  • Upon seeing his assassin being pummeled by his guards, the wounded McKinley cried out "Don't let them hurt him."
  • "Unlike any other nation, here the people rule, and their will is the supreme law. It is sometimes sneeringly said by those who do not like free government, that here we count heads. True, heads are counted, but brains also. . ."

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