Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History
Source type: book
Document type: article
Document title: “Ida Saxton McKinley”
Author(s): Logan, Mary S.
Publisher: Perry-Nalle Publishing Co.
Place of publication: Wilmington, Delaware
Year of publication: 1912
|Logan, Mary S. “Ida Saxton McKinley.” The Part Taken by Women in American History. Wilmington: Perry-Nalle, 1912: pp. 281-82.|
|full text of article; excerpt of book|
|Ida McKinley (personal history); Ida McKinley (personal character).|
|Ida McKinley; William McKinley.|
|From title page: By Mrs. John A. Logan.|
Ida Saxton McKinley
The wife of President McKinley
was born Ida Saxton on the 8th of June, 1847, in Canton, Ohio. Her father died
just as she was entering upon her young womanhood; her mother having died when
she was but a child. She was therefore, early left an orphan, and lived with
her sister. It was decided that she should go abroad as a diversion from the
grief over the death of her father. Soon after her return, on January 25, 1871,
she was married to Major William McKinley, then a rising lawyer and statesman
of the town of Canton, Ohio. She had been delicate from her childhood and after
the death of the two children born to her she became a confirmed invalid. The
world has long since read of the matchless tenderness and devotion and thoughtfulness
of her husband, who was rapidly promoted from one high position to another.
She greatly appreciated the attention bestowed upon her but the story of her
resignation, gentleness and beautiful character can never be told. Her most
charming characteristic was her perfect sincerity and thoughtfulness for others.
President McKinley had been a member of Congress for fourteen years, Governor of the state of Ohio, and constantly occupied with public affairs before he was nominated for the Presidency of the United States. Through all of these positions Mrs. McKinley had caused herself to be beloved on account of her amiability, patience and devotion to her husband and those who ministered to her wants. She was never able to do what she desired in the White House, yet the effort she made  was quite remarkable, in the face of her invalidism. The whole world was deeply touched by her sufferings when she was informed of the tragic death of her husband, and no one expected that she would survive as long as she did her husband’s loss. Mrs. McKinley died in 1907, and her remains were placed beside those of her illustrious husband in the magnificent monument built by the Nation to perpetuate his memory.