The 25th President of the United States, William McKinley, was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz on September 6th 1901 when he was visiting Buffalo New York for the Pan American Exposition. He did not die immediately but he died 8 days later on September 14th.
His Vice President was Theodore Roosevelt, who was born and educated in New York City. Once Mckinley died Roosevelt became the 26th President who was sworn in, in Buffalo. See the video for the details which fully support the picture of Roosevelt at the time as literally a ‘roughrider’. Roosevelt had become Vice President after being Governor of New York, a move largely brought about by a political rival who wanted to sideline him, as Vice Presidents were not seen as signficant political players at the time.
His ascension to the Presidency, the youngest President ever until then, changed everything of course and Roosevelt went on to become a bold new leader and was subsequently re-elected in his own right in 1904 on a progressive platform. It was ultimately the first major step in establishing the Roosevelt family as a political dynasty who collectively would affect the course of New York and American History for the next 50+ years.
McKinley’s murderer Czolgosz was tried just 9 days after McKinley’s death, found guilty and sentenced to death in the electric chair. He died on October 29th 1901, just 6 weeks after McKinleys death, and after his death acid was poured into his coffin to dissolve his body before it was buried in the Auburn Prison grounds where he had met his end. The wheels of justice turned very swiftly in his case.
Another citizen of New York City, Thomas Edison, was involved in the use of the electric chair used to execute Czolgosz, though he had not directly designed it. At the time when prison authorities started using the electric chair as a means of carrying out the death sentence he was involved in an industrial war with George Westinghouse to prove that ‘his’ direct electrical current was superior to Westinghouse’s use of alternating current. So despite being publicly against capital punishment he secretly funded the development of the electric chair which used alternating current hoping to smear Westinghouse with the reputation of using an electrical current which caused death.
So this strange sequence of events in which skulduggery of various sorts propelled events, resulted in one of the most memorable Presidencies ever and at every turn of events residents of both New York City and New York State were intimately involved.