FLOTUS McKinley: White House Invalid

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William and Ida McKinley. In his eyes, she was always the prettiest girl in Canton, Ohio.

Many historians claim William McKinley would have been a far greater president had he not been so distracted by his invalid wife.

Ida McKinley: Candidate’s Wife

Willi9am and Ida McKinley at their 25th Anniversary Party.

Shortly before the 1896 election, William and Ida McKinley celebrated their Silver Anniversary. More than six hundred guests attended a huge party as Ohio Governor McKinley’s closest political friends watched in horror. They realized that if he became President, his lame, epileptic and difficult wife would insist on become First Lady in fact, as well as in essence. McKinley was delighted however. If his frail wife wished to participate, he was happy to give in. He always gave in to her wishes.

His “front porch” campaign was a rousing success. Ida was thrilled to sit on the porch, crocheting…

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