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PRESIDENT WILLIAM McKINLEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/29/1896 - HFSID 5824

WILLIAM McKINLEY Though looking for a place to relax after the Presidential election, McKinley declines an invitation to a Maryland retreat. Typed Letter signed: "W. McKinley" as Republican nominee for President, 1p, 7½x10, inlaid to 8¼x11½. Canton, Ohio, 1896 October 29.

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WILLIAM McKINLEY
Though looking for a place to relax after the Presidential election, McKinley declines an invitation to a Maryland retreat
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Typed Letter signed: "W. McKinley" as Republican nominee for President, 1p, 7½x10, inlaid to 8¼x11½. Canton, Ohio, 1896 October 29. Five days before he is elected President of the U.S., McKinley writes to author George Alfred Townsend, Gapland, Maryland. In full: "Your proposition to 'take possession' of 'Gapland' is presented in such a considerate and hospitable way, that I hardly know how I can decline it with sufficient graciousness-and yet I must decline it. It is altogether probable that I should be compelled to take a rest after the election. I have not yet made up my mind definitely where I shall go, but I have under consideration a trip East. Of course I give you this information confidentially, for the present." During the Civil War, George Alfred Townsend was a war correspondent, first for the "New York Herald" and then for the "New York World". His works include Life of Garibaldi, Real Life of Abraham Lincoln, Tales of the Chesapeake and President Cromwell. William McKinley (1843-1901) represented Ohio as a Republican in the U.S. Congress from 1877-1883 and 1885-1891, and he served as Governor of Ohio from 1892-1896. Elected 25th U.S. President in 1896, McKinley was reelected to a second term in 1900 with a larger plurality of votes than any other Chief Executive before him. The U.S. became a world power during his Presidency, winning a war with Spain (1898) and acquiring overseas colonies (Puerto Rico and the Philippines). On September 6, 1901, at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, President McKinley was shot by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist. He died on September 14, 1901, the third President to be assassinated. Ink notes (unknown hand) on bottom margin. Lightly toned. Ink smeared on letter, but does not touch signature. Slightly soiled. Light surface creases. Corners slightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.

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