‘Good-bye, all, goodbye. It is God’s way. His will be done, not ours.’.
On Sept 6, 1901, Leon Czolgosz waited at the exposition in the Temple Of Music in Buffalo, New York for hours to assassinate William McKinley. He had a pistol in his hand wrapped up in cloth to hide it. A person went up to McKinley and gave an extremely long shake and...
On Sept 6, 1901, Leon Czolgosz waited at the exposition in the Temple Of Music in Buffalo, New York for hours to assassinate William McKinley. He had a pistol in his hand wrapped up in cloth to hide it. A person went up to McKinley and gave an extremely long shake and this distracted McKinley from seeing Czolgosz put the gun into his hand. When Czolgosz got to McKinley he put out his hand and shook hands with McKinley and then pulled the trigger twice, the bullets stunned McKinley and cut through his torso and out his back. There were five doctors available, and a gynecologist, Dr. Matthew Mann, took the lead in bringing McKinley to his house and operating on him. They used sunlight reflected by a mirror to see. Mann decided to leave the bullet in the body and also did not clean the wound. From that infection, McKinley died on Sept 13, 1901 – a week after he was shot.
Later, Mann was called on to give reports of McKinley’s last words. Typed Letter Signed, Buffalo, November 22, 1901, to Ward S. Huston. “The last words of President McKinley have been published in the newspapers so many times, and several times over my signature, that I thought by this time the matter was settled. They were as follows: ‘Good-bye, all, goodbye. It is God’s way. His will be done, not ours.’ He later repeated portions of the hymn ‘Nearer, my God, to Thee.’”
McKinley did not have a Secret Service agent with him because he didn’t require one to be with him. When he was shot, he became the last president to walk through a crowd of people without a member of the Secret Service by his side. His assassination, the third within 36 years, plunged the nation into mourning. Soon, however, the vibrant personality of McKinley’s successor would catch the attention of the entire country.
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