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First Lady Ida McKinley born in Canton, Ohio

June 8

On June 8, 1847, First Lady Ida McKinley was born in Canton, Ohio. McKinley suffered from many tragedies in her life – aside from her husband’s assassination in 1901, she had previously lost both of her children and suffered from a serious illness that caused debilitating headaches, fainting, and seizures.

Before marrying and while healthy, McKinley had an active life – her family had progressive views of women and she had the opportunity to pursue higher education, work at her father’s bank as a manager and teller, and tour Europe with her sister.

Did you know? Though limited by her illness as First Lady, McKinley had an active mind and interest in political issues, particularly women’s suffrage. She frequently corresponded with Susan B. Anthony.

Ida Saxton McKinley, McKinney & Block

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June 8
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