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The Assassination Of President William McKinley Led To The Creation Of The Secret Service

The public firing of President William McKinley was the straw that broke the Congressional adage. It was the third assassination of a sitting US president, and he was eventually forced to admit that he may have had a slight security problem. To solve this, he turned to an unlikely team.

Leon Czolgosz and President McKinley
On September 5, 1901, President McKinley showed up to deliver a speech at the Pan-American Exposition, a World's Fair-like event held in Buffalo, New York. A record number of spectators came to see the popular president, refreshed by his recent victory in the Spanish–American War, and to honor the occasion, the organizers of the event planned a patriotic firework show, which read "Your Welcome President McKinley, our premier nation and our empire" at the end of his speech.

The next day, McKinley returned to the exhibition to participate in a theatrical performance and a meet-and-greet session, despite his staff's concern for the president's vulnerability in such a crowd. They were right to be concerned: One of the people in line to meet McKinley was Leon Kozolgoz, a 28-year-old unemployed Polish immigrant from Detroit, a self-proclaimed anarchist, and all-too-social misfit who blamed capitalism for his troubles. ordained. A few days earlier, Czolgosz traveled to Buffalo, where he bought a .32 caliber revolver, which he had hidden in his jacket pocket wrapped in a handkerchief.

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