An Idiot With A Gun

by Daniel Russ on October 21, 2019

President William McKinley was a youth of Niles, Ohio when he joined the 23rd Ohio Regiment in the Civil War. He fought at Antietam, Cedar Creek, and numerous other skirmishes. He also carried communication from. Deployed units to headquarters. He spent four years in uniform without a single day in the hospital.   

As President, he visited Buffalo, New York to attend a Pan America conference. There was a receiving line at the Temple of Music. Leon F. Czoszolg, a 28 year-old unemployed millworker approached him and fired two .32 rounds into him and took his life.

A gun in the hands of a nut finally did what four years of a bloody civil war couldn’t.


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