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Source: Rome Daily Sentinel
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Believe Czolgosz Had Confederates”
Author(s): anonymous
City of publication: Rome, New York
Date of publication: 19 September 1901
Volume number: 20
Issue number: none
Pagination: 5

“Believe Czolgosz Had Confederates.” Rome Daily Sentinel 19 Sept. 1901 v20: p. 5.
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James B. Moyer; McKinley assassination (eyewitnesses); James B. Moyer (public statements); McKinley assassination (eyewitness accounts: James B. Moyer); McKinley assassination (conspiracy theories).
Named persons
Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley; James B. Moyer [identified as Mercer below].
This article (below) as well as other versions of it appeared in newspapers throughout the country, identifying the eyewitness variously as James B. Mercer, James B. Meyer, and James B. Moyer. Best evidence available suggests the individual in question is James B. Moyer, a traveling salesman from Millersburg, PA, who was employed for several years by J. Richardson & Co., a footwear business located in Elmira, NY.


Believe Czolgosz Had Confederates

     KANSAS CITY, Sept. 19.—James B. Mercer of Elmira, N. Y., a traveling salesman who arrived here yesterday from the East, professes to believe that there were three and possibly four men in Czolgosz’ party in line at the Buffalo exposition on the day of the shooting of President McKinley. Mr. Mercer, who said he stood a few feet away from the president at the time, declares “three or four men were pushing forward much more anxiously and eagerly than the others. Those in front were elbowing their way, shoving others to one side. I remember one of them distinctly. He was a man of ordinary appearance and fuzzy whiskers. He was elbowing himself forward and just after him walked Czolgosz. If I should see him again as I saw him I should know him in a second.”



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