9/14/2006

Eyes on Buffalo...105 years ago...

In case you forgot. The eyes of the world were focused on Buffalo, NY 105 years ago today. President McKinley died at the Milburn House (Ferry & Delaware, now a parking lot) on September 14, 1901, sometime past 2pm. Here's the scoop to bring you up to date.

And yes there is a McKinley Presidential Library. It's located in Canton, OH.

Here's an audio clip of his address at the Pan Am. Frank Baum based the Wizard in the Oz files on McKinley and his legacy. He totally whipped Democratic challenger William Jennings Bryan in 1896 and 1900. Big biz vs. populists and setting up our current party alignment. Bryan would go on to defend the Bible against Darwin years later in the Scopes Trial, in 1925.

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5 comments:

DennyK said...

Note that the sound clip isn't McKinley's voice, but that of Harry Spencer, recorded after McKinley's death on Columbia record #639 . That "Vincent Voice" site is notorious for its mislabeled sounds. (They don't even get the year correct - says 1900! )

The Library of Congress does have a FILM clip of McKinley giving that speech, though of course it is silent. "Last Days of a President" is fascinating: http://rs6.loc.gov/papr/mckhome.html

Derek J. Punaro said...

The library/museum in Canton is not an official Presidential Library. Presidential Libraries are administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

fix buffalo said...

A+ for fact checking. The "McKinley Death" site I posted about earlier has some great links, too.

WNYDiplomat said...

awesome skyline shot for the banner.

fix buffalo said...

WNY...thanks.

A few more changes coming 'bout, too!