September 6 - 1906 - The Assassination of William McKinley
Immediately after Leon Czolgosz shot President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo, it appeared that William McKinley would survive and that Czolgosz was only an attempted assassin. Czolgosz was an anarchist who desperately desired to shoot the President despite adopting anarchism only months before. He stood in a receiving line at the Temple of Music, a large concert hall, with a .32 revolver concealed in a handkerchief. Czolgosz was only able to fire off two shots at McKinley's midsection, because he was immediately knocked aside by African-American chef James Parker. Only one bullet entered McKinley, and he was alert and talking. Yet a week later, McKinley's wounds became gangrenous, and he fell deathly ill, passing away in the early morning hours of September 14. This now meant Czolgosz would be charged with murder, which he was convicted and sentenced to electrocution for just ten days later. Within two months, he would go to the electric chair at Auburn Prison. The assassination of William McKinley would then lead to the Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt and a more official security role for the Secret Service.