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Ida McKinley was the wife of 25th U.S. President William McKinley. She served as first lady from 1897 until McKinley's assassination in 1901.
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Ida McKinley was born on June 8, 1847, in Canton, Ohio. After receiving an education at a finishing school, she married William McKinley in 1871. When McKinley was elected the 25th president of the United States (1897-1901), Ida became first lady. The death of her mother and both of her infant daughters took a severe toll on Ida's health, and she became heavily dependent on her husband. She died in 1907, six years after President McKinley's assassination.
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