"I Done My Duty": The Complete Story of the Assassination of President McKinley


America at the turn of the twentieth century was a country in transition. Old was becoming new, and the American landscape was changing forever. With the advent of such wonders as the telephone, electricity, and the automobile, America was evolving into the nation that would lead the world throughout the new century. The city streets were mixed with horse-drawn buggies and horseless carriages. As a part of the celebration of the new century, the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, would provide an ideal opportunity for America to showcase its technological advances, and provide citizens of the world with a glimpse of what was to come. Sadly, part of that glimpse would include assassination. William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States and served from 1897-1901. At the time of his death, McKinley was perhaps, with the exception of Washington, the most popular sitting President in history. Some disagreed with his policies, but nearly everyone liked the amiable President personally. Unlike his two martyred predecessors, Lincoln and Garfield, McKinley was struck down for reasons that even today are difficult to fathom. McKinley was a target simply because he was the President. When Leon Czolgosz struck, he had nothing against McKinley, the man. It was the office Czolgosz attacked. The author takes a look at President McKinley's life, his shooting, and his brave fight for life. The assassin, his motives and life are examined, including his trial and execution, as well as the aftermath of the assassination. Included are many pictures of the participants, places and events. This is a must have!

Jeffrey W. Seibert

(2002), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 512 pp.

ISBN: 9780788421181