William McKinley, Jr. was the25th President of the United States ( 1897 – 1901),
and the last veteran of the American Civil War to be elected to that office. He was
the last President of the 19th century and the first of 20th. His second term came
to a tragic end. On September 5, 1901, President McKinley who had just delivered
a speech at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, was standing in a receiving line when a deranged anarchist shot him twice. He died eight days later.