Sports History On This Day: September 19

September 19, 1901 – The world of sports briefly stopped, at least here in the United States. 11 baseball were games canceled out of mourning and respect due to the funeral of President William McKinley. The 25th President of the U.S. had been assassinated on September 14.

McKinley was best well known for leading America to victory in the Spanish American War and raising protective tariffs to protect American industries. To his credit, McKinley was a veteran of the Civil War as well. The President had been standing in a receiving line at the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition when a deranged anarchist shot him twice, and he passed days later.

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William McKinley in 1897
The photo is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons of William McKinley in 1897. This portrait photograph by Frances Benjamin Johnston shows President William McKinley seated at his desk in the Treaty Room. The Treaty Room, also historically called the Cabinet Room, is located in the Second Floor residence of the Executive Mansion. The desk McKinley is seated at was acquired during the Ulysses S. Grant administration and historically resides there in the room's contemporary use as the president's private study. Johnston was one of the earliest female photographers and photojournalists and had her own studio in Washington, D.C. Contributed by Frances Benjamin Johnston of the National Archives. Special thanks to the resources of Newspapers.com and OnThisDay.com for the information obtained.

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