The official portrait of Ida McKinley
The official portrait of Ida McKinley
 
 
A drawing of Ida McKinley as a child
A drawing of Ida McKinley as a child
 
 
William and Ida McKinley
William and Ida McKinley
 
 
Photo of Ida McKinley in 1899
Photo of Ida McKinley in 1899
 
 
First Lady and President McKinley
First Lady and President McKinley
 
 
A portrait of Ida McKinley
A portrait of Ida McKinley
 
#25 McKinley, Ida
Topic(s):   First Ladies (U.S.)
Quick Facts
Full Name Ida Saxton McKinley
Born June 8, 1847 (Canton, Ohio)
Died May 26, 1907 (Canton, Ohio)
Nationality American
First Lady Number 25
Dates in the White House March 4, 1897 to September 14, 1901
Occupation(s) banker
Major Achievement(s) none known

Idaís father was a rich banker. Ida had one younger sister. She had a formal education. She traveled in Europe. Ida liked math and finance. She worked in her fatherís bank. She met William McKinley there.

Ida married William in 1871. They had two daughters. Both daughters died at very young ages. They never had another child. Ida and William were very sad. Ida became ill. She rarely left home.

The McKinley White House was quiet. Little was known about the First Lady. There were many rumors. Today we know she had a disease called epilepsy. It caused her to have fits. The medicine that she took made her seem dull and dreary.

As president, William worked hard to do his job and care for Ida. They were never apart for more than a few hours. Ida attended his meetings. She sat in a rocking chair. As she listened, she crocheted. Over time, Ida made thousands of pairs of slippers.

Ida was not interested in White House parties. Her husband planned the parties. Ida did enjoy music. She invited singers and musicians to perform at the White House.

McKinley was shot in 1901. He died in office. Idaís younger sister cared for her after Williamís death.

Resource information

Bausum, A. (2007). Our country's first ladies. Washington, DC: National Geographic.

Klapthor, M. B., Black, A. M., White House Historical Association, & National Geographic Society (U.S.). (1999). The First Ladies. Washington, DC: White House Historical Association with the cooperation of the National Geographic Society.

Skarmeas, N. J. (2000). First ladies of the White House. Nashville, TN: Ideals Publications.

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