Source: Pensacola Journal
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Dissecting Was the End”
City of publication: Pensacola, Florida
Date of publication: 28 March 1908
Volume number: 11
Issue number: 76
|“Dissecting Was the End.” Pensacola Journal 28 Mar. 1908 v11n76: p. 2.|
|James B. Parker (death); James B. Parker.|
|Leon Czolgosz [misspelled below; first name wrong below]; Marcus Hanna; William McKinley; James B. Parker.|
Dissecting Was the End
Negro Who Captured McKinley’s Assassin Dies Penniless in Hospital.
Philadelphia, Pa., March 27.—Before a class of
students at the Jefferson Medical college [sic], the body of James B.
Parker, colored, was placed upon the dissecting table yesterday.
Parker was the man who beat Louis Czolgoz to the ground and disarmed him after the latter had fired two shots into the body of President McKinley at Buffalo in September, 1901.
At the time of Mr. McKinley’s assassination, Parker was a Pullman car porter, but public praise soon turned his head and he gave up his position on the railroad. Parker died penniless at the Philadelphia hospital, where he was a patient in the insane department.
After the shooting at Buffalo, Parker was praised by everybody, as it was thought for a time that his act had saved the rpesident’s [sic] life. Senator Mark Hanna, of Ohio, presented Parker with a check for $1,000 in appreciation of his bravery.
From that time Parker began to wander around. He was a hard drinker, and finally wound up in the insane hospital.