Monday, March 13, 2006

McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition

Thanks for the welcome and I hope that everyone will enjoy my contributions. My first offering was actually first pointed out to me by one of my students in a class assignment.

President William McKinley was assassinated in September of 1901 by an avowed anarchist, Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz confessed saying, "I killed President McKinley because I done my duty. I didn't believe one man should have so much service and another man should have none." offers information on the Pan-American Exposition and President McKinley's assassination. An interesting link at the bottom of the page leads to articles from medical journals on President McKinley's death. For anyone interseted in medical history this offers very interesting facts about McKinley's last days. The official cause of death was gangrene.

Anarchy was a major concern in the US and many people thought that Czolgosz' act was part of a larger conspiracy, but none could be proved. To make your own opinion:


Michael said...

Nice first post!

I always found Leon Czolgosz's statement at execution creepy. "I killed the President because he was the enemy of the good people - the good working people. I am not sorry for my crime."

Rarely has a death penalty been so well deserved.

Jennie W said...

That man was just plain creepy - he really seemed "lost in space" - even for the anarchist movement.