McKinley, Ida Saxton, 1927, Biographical Sketch

AN INVALID the larger part of her married life, whose welfare was at all times uppermost in the President's mind, this frail little daughter of a Canton banker, was destined to survive him by only six years. Educated in private schools and abroad, she was a cashier in her father's bank when she married the future President, having accepted him on a "buggy ride." The bride's father gave the young couple one of the best houses in Canton, and it is from its front porch that McKinley made his campaign. With the birth of the couple's second child, the wife was left an invalid. The death of both children within five years of their wedding day utterly overwhelmed her nervous organization and her shattered health remained thenceforth the constant object of her husband's tender care.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 25.

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