Thursday 20 October 2016

Naked POTUS, number 25: William McKinley

"Even the President of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked" - BOB DYLAN

Tell me where your clothes are, your clothes are, tell me where your clothes are Billy. It is the naked form of the 25th President of the United States, William McKinley (1843-1901). Let's learn:


Born 29th January 1843, Niles, Ohio
Died 14th September 1901, Buffalo, New York

Presidential Term 4th March 1897 - 14th September 1901

William McKinley, like Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated shortly after he began his second four year term as President. He was the third US President to be assassinated, all of them coming within a 36 year period.

McKinley was forced to drop out of college due to ill health. However, this did not prevent him from studying and practising law before he turned his attention to politics. He was first elected to the House of Representatives before he was elected Governor of Ohio, where he served until the Presidency.

Both of his Presidential election wins, in 1896 and 1900, saw him victorious over the Democratic candidate William J. Bryan.

Some notable events during the McKinley administration included the Annexation of Hawaii, the first step toward the island group's journey to Statehood. McKinley also oversaw the Spanish-American war of 1898, which began after the Spanish Navy sank the US Battleship Maine as it was moored in Havana harbour. McKinley was also responsible to tying the US Dollar to the Gold Standard.

William McKinley was the first American President to ride in a motor car.

McKinley was shot as he attended the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo, New York on 6th September 1901 by an anarchist Polish immigrant, Leon Czolgosz. He died eight days later. He was the first US President to have been assassinated outside of Washington D.C. Czolgosz was executed shortly after McKinley's death. He is the only Presidential assassin to have been executed in the electric chair and the most recent Presidential assassin to have been killed by the state.

N.B. Some parts of the above image have been redacted by the CIA for reasons of national security. An unexpurgated version of all the naked Presidents will be made available at the end of the project.

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