Assassination of William McKinley

1901 murder in Buffalo, New York, US

William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, was shot on September 6, 1901, inside the Temple of Music on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He died eight days later from gangrene caused by the wound.[1]

The Assassination of William McKinley in 1901

Shooting and death


On September 6, 1901, McKinley was shaking hands with the people when he was shot by the anarchist Leon Czolgosz. He died eight days later from his gunshot wounds. He was 58 years old. It was later known that Czolgosz killed the President in an attempt to advance anarchism.[2]

Czolgosz was executed by the electric chair on October 29, 1901.[3] McKinley's vice president, Theodore Roosevelt, became America's 26th president of the United States of America.


  1. Morgan, Howard Wayne (2003). William McKinley and His America. Kent State University Press. ISBN 978-0-87338-765-1.
  2. "The Legal Aftermath of the Assassination of William McKinley" -- "Lights out in the City of Light" Anarchy and Assassination at the Pan-American Exposition". 2007-11-07. Archived from the original on 2007-11-07. Retrieved 2023-08-05.
  3. Banner, Stuart (2003). The Death Penalty: An American History. Harvard University Press. pp. 194–195. ISBN 0-674-01083-3.