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McKinley family of Canton, Ohio

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William M. Osborne William McKinley Osborne (1842-1902) — also known as William M. Osborne — of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass. Born in Girard, Trumbull County, Ohio, April 26, 1842. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Consul General in London, 1897-1902, died in office 1902. Died, from Bright's disease and dropsy, in Wimbledon, London, England, April 29, 1902 (age 60 years, 3 days). Interment at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.
  Relatives: Son of Abner Osborne and Abigail (Allison) Osborne; married 1878 to Frances Clara Hastings; first cousin of William McKinley Jr..
  Political family: McKinley family of Canton, Ohio.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, June 1902
William McKinley William McKinley Jr. (1843-1901) — also known as "Idol of Ohio" — of Canton, Stark County, Ohio. Born in Niles, Trumbull County, Ohio, January 29, 1843. Republican. Major in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1877-84, 1885-91 (17th District 1877-79, 16th District 1879-81, 17th District 1881-83, 18th District 1883-84, 20th District 1885-87, 18th District 1887-91); delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1884, 1888; Governor of Ohio, 1892-96; President of the United States, 1897-1901; died in office 1901. Methodist. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Loyal Legion; Freemasons; Grand Army of the Republic; Knights of Pythias; Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Shot by the assassin Leon Czolgosz, at a reception in the Temple of Music, at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y., September 6, 1901, and died eight days later, in Buffalo, Erie County, N.Y., September 14, 1901 (age 58 years, 228 days). Originally entombed at West Lawn Cemetery, Canton, Ohio; re-entombed in 1907 at McKinley Monument, Canton, Ohio; statue at Lucas County Courthouse Grounds, Toledo, Ohio.
  Relatives: Son of William McKinley and Nancy Campbell (Allison) McKinley; married to Ida Saxton; first cousin of William McKinley Osborne; fourth cousin once removed of Henry Prather Fletcher.
  Political family: McKinley family of Canton, Ohio.
  Cross-reference: Albert Halstead — Loran L. Lewis — George B. Cortelyou — John Goodnow
  McKinley County, N.M. is named for him.
  Mount McKinley (the highest peak in North America, now known by its traditional name, Denali), in Denali Borough, Alaska, was named for him.  — McKinley High School, in Honolulu, Hawaii, is named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: William McKinley ThomasWilliam McKinley ThomasWilliam M. BellWilliam M. Branch
  Coins and currency: His portrait appeared on the U.S. $500 bill in 1928-46.
  Campaign slogan (1896): "The Full Dinner Pail."
  Campaign slogan (1896): "The Advance Agent of Prosperity."
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books about William McKinley: Lewis L. Gould, The Presidency of William McKinley — Kevin Phillips, William McKinley — H. Wayne Morgan, William McKinley and His America
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, October 1901
  Ida McKinley (1847-1907) — also known as Ida Saxton — Born in Canton, Stark County, Ohio, June 8, 1847. First Lady of the United States, 1897-1901. Female. Died in Canton, Stark County, Ohio, May 26, 1907 (age 59 years, 352 days). Originally entombed at West Lawn Cemetery, Canton, Ohio; re-entombed at McKinley Monument, Canton, Ohio.
  Relatives: Daughter of James Asbury Saxton and Katherine A. (DeWalt) Saxton; married to William McKinley Jr..
  Political family: McKinley family of Canton, Ohio.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
Henry P. Fletcher Henry Prather Fletcher (1873-1959) — also known as Henry P. Fletcher — of Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pa.; Greencastle, Franklin County, Pa.; Newport, Newport County, R.I. Born in Greencastle, Franklin County, Pa., April 10, 1873. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; lawyer; U.S. Minister to Chile, 1909-14; Luxembourg, 1923-24; U.S. Ambassador to Chile, 1914-16; Mexico, 1916-19; Belgium, 1922-24; Italy, 1924-29; Chairman of Republican National Committee, 1934-36; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1936 (speaker); delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 1940; member, Arrangements Committee, 1940; member, Resolutions Committee, 1940; Parliamentarian, 1952. Presbyterian. Died in Newport, Newport County, R.I., July 10, 1959 (age 86 years, 91 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Lewis Henry Clay Fletcher and Martha Ellen (Rowe) Fletcher; married, July 25, 1917, to Beatrice Bend; fourth cousin once removed of William McKinley Jr..
  Political family: McKinley family of Canton, Ohio.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Official Report of the 21st Republican National Convention (1936)
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