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"Marching with McKinley"
William McKinley campaign song
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President McKinley's Cup and Saucer
1901

A president's last cup of coffee
While attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY, on September 6, 1901, President William McKinley paused to have a cup of coffee. Moments later, anarchist Leon Czolgosz shot him dead. McKinley died several days later, and his vice president, Theodore Roosevelt, became president. This cup, which supposedly held McKinley's last drink, was donated to the Smithsonian in 1967. According to the donor, her mother-in-law served as a hostess at the Pan-American Exposition and received the cup from one of her assistants after the assassination.

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William McKinley, born January 29, 1843, Niles, OH; died September 14, 1901, Buffalo, NY
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· William McKinley, Twenty-fifth President, 1897-1901
· "Marching with McKinley," William McKinley campaign song
· The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden - An NMAH Virtual Exhibition

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