First Lady Ida McKinley
This was the 16th episode in the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence and Image.”
Carl Sferrazza Anthony and Richard Norton Smith talked about the life and influence of first lady Ida McKinley and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Among the topics they addressed were her role on the presidential campaign trail, her battles with epilepsy, and her talent for crocheted slippers, which she made for numerous White House guests. In September 1901 Mrs. McKinley became the third first lady in the country’s history to become a widow at the hands of an assassin’s bullet when President McKinley was shot by an anarchist while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. Silent film from the exposition was shown, including the first moving pictures of a president and first lady together. Portions of video tours were shown of the Saxton McKinley House, where Ida McKinley was born, and the William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum, both in Canton, Ohio.
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Carl Sferrazza Anthony Historian National First Ladies' Library
Kimberly Kenney Curator McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
Patricia Krider Executive Director National First Ladies' Library
Richard Norton Smith Presidential Historian
Susan Swain Host C-SPAN
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