10. First in an automobile
McKinley was the first president to ride in an automobile while in office. After he was shot, he was transported to the hospital in an electric ambulance.
9. McKinley showed compassion for his assassin
After Leon Frank Czolgosz shot McKinley, the crowd subdued him and began to beat him severely. The wounded McKinley shouted “Boys! Don’t let them hurt him!”
8. Telephone campaign
McKinley was the first president to use a telephone to campaign.
7. Presidential war buddies
During the Civil War, McKinley’s commanding officer was Rutherford B. Hayes, who also became President of the United States.
6. Not in my house
McKinley’s wife, Ida, disliked the color yellow so much she had all things yellow removed from the White House, including the yellow flowers in the garden.
5. A smooth face
McKinley was the only president between Andrew Johnson and Woodrow Wilson to be clean shaven.
4. McKinley the $500 man
McKinley’s portrait was featured on the $500 bill, last printed in 1934.
3. Yankee Doodle bird
McKinley had a parrot named “Washington Post” who could whistle to the tune of Yankee Doodle.
2. First inauguration on film
McKinley’s inauguration was the first presidential inauguration to be filmed.
1. A strange twist of fate
McKinley loved carnations and wore them as a good luck charm. While attending the Pan-American Exposition on September 6, 1901, he greeted a line of people. McKinley pulled his famous red carnation from his lapel and gave it to a little girl waiting in line. Seconds later, he was struck by an assassin’s bullet. McKinley died eight days later.