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William and Ida McKinley


When William and Ida McKinley were wed, the bride was slender and beautiful, but years later she was a shadow of her former self. Her declining health made her an invalid, but President McKinley's love never wavered for his First Lady. The two were often so engrossed in one another during social gatherings that they ignored others to the point of rudeness. Even William's last living thought was of his Ida. After he had been shot by an assassin, he exclaimed to his secretary just before he died, "My wife -- be careful...how you tell her!"

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