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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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Frail though she was, Ida ended up the sole survivor of their family. President McKinley was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz on September 6, 1901. Ida stayed by her husband's side for a week and was holding his hand when he died.
Ida returned to Canton, Ohio, where she lived in seclusion with her sister, but she rallied for a visit from President Theodore Roosevelt. She went to her husband's grave almost daily,
and was buried next to him and their two little daughters when she died on May 26, 1907. Her family home in Canton is now the First Ladies' National Library.
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