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[Detail] President McKinley and escort going to the Capitol.


Collection Overview

The 28 films in Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley, 1901, include footage of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York; of President William McKinley at his second inauguration, at the Exposition (where he was assassinated), and of McKinley's funeral. The films were produced by the Edison Manufacturing Company which was founded by inventor Thomas Alva Edison.

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All of the films in the collection have a bibliographic record. Along with other information, each bibliographic record includes a comprehensive summary prepared by the Edison Company describing the footage in the film. You may want to review these summaries before accessing a film, since the large file sizes may cause a lengthy download time.

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