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President William McKinley Died from Wounds After Being Shot in Buffalo, New York
September 14, 1901
When William McKinley’s name was put forth as a candidate in the mid-1890s, he ran a skillful “Front porch campaign” drawing three quarters of million people to Canton, Ohio. McKinley won the 1896 election in a landslide. The tariff and all other domestic issues in McKinley’s first term became engulfed by the Cuban revolt against Spain. In the 100-day war, the United States sided with the Cubans and defeated the Spanish later annexing the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico. McKinley’s second term, flush with a victory and prosperity, came to a tragic end in September 1901. While standing in a receiving line at the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition, Leon Czolgosz, a deranged anarchist, shot him twice. He died eight days later.