Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Issued Czolgosz Marriage License”
City of publication: Richmond, Virginia
Date of publication: 22 September 1901
Volume number: 16
Issue number: 195
|“Issued Czolgosz Marriage License.” Times [Richmond] 22 Sept. 1901 v16n195: part 1, p. 1.
|Leon Czolgosz (activities, whereabouts, etc.: Charleston, WV); Leon Czolgosz (marriage).
|Leon Czolgosz; Frank J. Manning [middle initial wrong below]; William McKinley; S. Preston Smith [first initial wrong below].
Issued Czolgosz Marriage License
Slayer of President Was Not a Single Man.
NAME WAS ASSUMED.
License Was Issued to Fred Nieman in Town of Charleston.
DEPUTY CLERK TELLS STORY.
Says He Was Awakened by a Couple, and That the Woman
Besought the Man to Give His Right Name, but
She Finally Consented to Marry Him
under His Assumed One.
WINCHESTER, VA., Sept. 21.—One of the incidents in the career of Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley, which has never been told in print before and which casts some light on his past career, was related to-day by Captain Frank P. Manning. A guest at the home of Captain Manning is F. Preston Smith, deputy clerk of the Circuit Court, Charleston, W. Va. Mr. Smith says that late one nigh [sic] about a year ago a young man and a young woman awoke him from bed and waned [sic] a marriage license, stating that they wished to be married at once. Smith dressed himself hurriedly and came down stairs.
In reply to a question the man said his name was Fred Nieman, of Cleveland, Ohio. His companion’s name Mr. Smith has forgotten, but it is recorded in the clerk’s office at Charleston. When the prospective groom gave the name of Fred Nieman the woman declared that this was not his correct name, and urged him to give his right name to the clerk, as she wished to be married to him under his right name. He refused to give it, and after entreating him for a long time to do so, but without avail, she consented to be married to him under his name of Fred Nieman. The license was issued and the couple disappeared. Several days later the license was returned by a Charleston clergyman properly certified, showing that Nieman and the woman had been married. In all the newspaper accounts of the assassin’s past life Nieman or Czolgosz has been represented as a single man.