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Ida Saxton McKinley

Ida Saxton McKinley

Born: June 8, 1847 at Canton, Ohio
Died: May 26, 1907 (aged 59) at Canton, Ohio
Spouse: William McKinley (m. 1871-1901)
Children: Katherine McKinley, Ida McKinley

Offices held:
First Lady of the United States (1897 – 1901)

Facts about Ida Saxton McKinley

After William was shot in Buffalo, New York, in 1901, he whispered to an aide as he fell, “”My wife, be careful how you tell her – Oh be careful.”” She developed epilepsy after the death of her mother and two daughters and thus became totally dependent on her husband. This First Lady’s full name was Ida Saxton but she was called by the pet name “”Pina”” meaning ‘little one’ by her family, friends and husband.

Early in his presidency she had been involved with fundraising effort to assist the widows and children of the servicemen had been killed during the explosion of the USS Maine on 15 February 1898, which had started the Spanish-American War. She was also a strong supporter of single, widowed or divorced women who had to support themselves.

After her husband was assassinated, Ida McKinley returned to Canton where she visited her husband’s grave almost everyday. She wore black mourning clothes for two years.

Ida Saxton McKinley Childhood

The arc of Ida McKinley’s life is a sad one. Born to a prominent family in Canton, Ohio, on June 8, 1847, Ida was the elder of Katherine and James Saxton’s two pretty daughters. James was successful in banking and real estate, so Ida grew up in comfort and was educated at an exclusive private school, and sent to a finishing school topped off with a grand tour of Europe.

When she returned, the standard social whirl for a fashionable young girl wasn’t enough for the intelligent Ida. So her father let her work in his bank as a cashier. That’s where she met William McKinley for the second time the first had been at a church picnic two years before – and this time it was love. So the rising young lawyer and the beautiful young woman with sky-blue eyes and abundant auburn hair were married on January 25, 1871.

Where is Ida Saxton McKinley buried?

She was buried next to her husband William and their two daughters in Canton’s McKinley Memorial Mausoleum.

How did Ida Saxton McKinley die?

She died on May 26, 1907