H/T Mental Floss.
Some presidential trivia.
William McKinley (first row, center) and his wife, Ida (to his left), meet with the Flower Delegation // Image credit: Used by permission from the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton, Ohio, via Wikimedia Commons
Presidential campaigns today seem like non-stop odysseys of speeches, interviews, and most importantly travel. But in 1896, presidential candidate William McKinley and his campaign manager, Mark Hanna, formulated a unique strategy that allowed McKinley to run for office without having to ever leave home. Using the media and his own supporters to his advantage, McKinley managed to undertake an aggressive presidential campaign while remaining close to home to care for his ill wife, Ida.
William McKinley and Ida Saxton married in 1871, after the two met at a local picnic. Their family life quickly met with tragedy, though, after Ida’s mother died in 1873, followed by the deaths of the…
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