Saturday, March 20, 2010

McKinley memorial plate

William McKinley, the 25th president, was standing in a receiving line at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y., when a gunman fatally shot him. This glass plate notes the years of his birth, 1843, and death, 1901. Four presidents have been assassinated -- one Democrat and three Republicans, including McKinley, the third to fall. A new invention, the x-ray machine, was displayed at the exposition but it was not used to try to find a bullet lodged in McKinley because of fear it might harm him. McKinley died eight days after being shot. He served during the florid Art Nouveau period. The message on the plate here, featuring an appropriately restrained wreath design, is that God had a reason for allowing the killing.

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