Assassination of President McKinley

Leon F. Czolgosz shoots President McKinley with a concealed revolver, at the Pan-American Exposition reception in Buffalo, N.Y on September 6th, 1901.

Clarence Darrow wrote in his autobiography:

"I did undertake to save the life of a poor demented imbecile who killed the first Carter Harrison while he was mayor of Chicago, and I did not succeed; but he had been tried and sentenced and the case had been affirmed by the Supreme Court, when, with two fine lawyers, S. S. Gregory and James Harlan, I ventured to save him on an inquest of sanity, and we failed. Every one believes now, and most people believed then, that he was insane and idiotic; but he had killed a mayor, as another crazy man had killed President James A. Garfield, and was promptly hanged for the deed; but the execution of Guiteau, who was plainly insane, did not prevent another lunatic from killing President McKinley. In all these cases the people of course wanted the killer put to death, and the voice of the people is the voice of their God." The Story of My Life at 425-26.

Date Created/Published: c1905. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-5377.