Canton, Ohio: 1907. Ten photographs, all laid down on paper stock, generally with ink descriptions and captions. The photographs are in Very Good condition, the paper stock with some chips.

Vice President Theodore Roosevelt became President as the result of the assassination of William McKinley in September 1901. These ten photographs depict the dedication ceremonies of the McKinley Memorial Association, which "was established soon after McKinley's assassination. It raised funds, chose a site, and began construction in 1905. The dedication ceremonies took place on September 30, 1907; President Theodore Roosevelt came to Canton to attend" [web site of the McKinley National Memorial].
"Six years had passed since the assassination of Ohio's own William McKinley, but his memory remained in the hearts of the more than 50,000 Americans who made the pilgrimage to Canton for the dedication of a lasting memorial to the late president. The worrisome rain of the weekend made way for a clear blue Monday morning as President Theodore Roosevelt, McKinley's former vice president, arrived in his predecessor's longtime hometown by train at 10:15 a.m. on Sept. 30, 1907. The Akron Beacon Journal reported that the crowds greeting the president were so great that Roosevelt and his party had difficulty making their way to their awaiting carriages" ["1907: Theodore Roosevelt Dedicates the McKinley Memorial," Ohio Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2020].
The photographs, generally accompanied by ink manuscript captions or explanations, record President Roosevelt's role on the solemn occasion: "Pres. Roosevelt delivering his address at dedication of McKinley Mon" [several different views]; "Unveiling of Monument by Miss Helen McKinley, sister of the dead President"; "Jas. Whitcomb Riley reading his poem at dedication McKinley Monument Canton"; "Rev. Frank M. Bristol. . . delivering opening prayer at dedication of McKinley Mon."; "Presidential procession moving toward McKinley Monument, Canton, Ohio"; "Dedication of McKinley Mon.," photograph of the audience with Secretary Garfield, Vice President Fairbanks, and several others [their names clipped from the manuscript notes]. Item #39371

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