William McKinley

Sunday 29th January 1843

Born on this day, William McKinley, the 25th American president and the first to ride in an automobile. McKinley served as President from 1897 to 1901, a time when the American automotive industry was in its infancy. During his presidency, McKinley (who died from an assassin’s bullet in September 1901) took a drive in a Stanley, a steam-engine-powered auto built in the late 1890s by the Stanley brothers.

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