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William McKinley National Memorial, Library, and Museum


William McKinley Tomb

William McKinley Tomb

(US Government photo) William McKinley

William McKinley

(Library of Congress photo)

The William McKinley National Memorial and Museum, located south of Cleveland in Canton, Ohio, opened in 1917. It features the tomb of America's 25th president and his wife as well as a museum of changing exhibits and the McKinley Library, a public library.

About President McKinley:

William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States (1897-1901). Born in Niles, Ohio in 1843, he served during the Spanish-American War and the annexation of the Philippines, Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico. McKinley was shot while at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901 and died eight days later.

Prior to being elected president, McKinley served as a US Congressman from Ohio (1877-1891) and as Ohio's Governor (1892-1896). The McKinleys lived most of their lives in Canton and their home there is now the First Ladies National Historic Site and Library.

The McKinley National Memorial:

The McKinley Memorial, designed by McKim, Mead, and White, was completed in 1917. The 232' x 136' x 38' monument is made of Georgian marble and features 28 columns. In the center is a statue of President McKinley. It is surrounded by busts of the president's cabinet members.

The Museum:

The museum, which is adjacent to the memorial contains a variety of artifacts from McKinley's life and presidency.

Hours and Admission:

The Williams McKinley National Memorial and Museum is open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 530pm, and on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Admission is free.

Contact Information:

William McKinley National Memorial and Museum
800 McKinley Monument Drive NW
Canton, OH 44708
330 455.7043

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