William McKinley
25th President of the United States
William McKinley
1897 - 1901

Vice President: Garret A. Hobart (1897-99)
                           Theodore Roosevelt (1901)
Born: January 29, 1843, in Niles, Ohio
Died: September 14, 1901, in Buffalo, New York
Career/Occupation: General
Religion: Methodist
Education: Attended Allegheny College
Political Party: Republican
Nickname(s): "Idol of Ohio"

Other Government Positions:

  • Member of U.S. House of Representatives, 1877-91 
  • Governor of Ohio, 1892-96

Presidential Salary: $50,000

Presidential Firsts:

  • The first president to ride in an automobile.
    He rode with Freelan Oscar Stanley of the Stanley Motor Carriage Company in his steam car in 1899. He also rode in an electric ambulance that carried him to the hospital where he was treated after being shot.

  • The first president to serve as permanent chairman of the Republican National Convention.

  • The first president inaugurated in the 20th century.

  • The first president to have his inauguration filmed.

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