Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration National Historic Site, Buffalo NY

In September 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated in Buffalo by an anarchist. I wrote this story here. Today, the site of the assassination is a road in a suburban neighborhood, and nothing remains of it but a memorial plaque. But not far away is Theodore Roosevelt’s Inauguration National Historic Site, where the then vice president was sworn in upon McKinley’s death as the new president.

Roosevelt was in Vermont when the shooting happened, and he rushed to Buffalo by train and stayed at a house with his friend Ansley Wilcox. There, he and most of McKinley’s cabinet members were assured by doctors that McKinley would recover, and Roosevelt departed to continue his journey through the Adirondacks.

However, when McKinley’s condition worsened, a message was sent to Roosevelt, who again rushed to Buffalo. By the time he arrived, McKinley was already dead. Roosevelt was sworn in at 3:30 p.m. on September 14, in the Wilcox House library.

The house was owned by the Wilcox family until the 1930s when it became a restaurant. In the 1960s there was a fundraising campaign to buy the house, which was to be demolished, and a local bank bought it and kept it until the United States could declare it a historic place. national. It was opened to the public in 1971.

Some photos from a visit.

For those who don’t know, I live in a converted motorhome and travel around the country, posting photo journals of the places I visit. I am currently in New York.

The place where McKinley was killed is now an ordinary suburban street
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The memorial stone
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The Wilcox House
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Historical marker outside
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The visitor center is in the old coach house
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There is a small museum
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Memories of the Pan American Exposition
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Guided tour
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Roosevelt was sworn in here in the library
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President Roosevelt stayed in Buffalo for a short time and Wilcox let him use this room as an office
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The original office is still there
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Upstairs is a recreation of Roosevelt’s White House office
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There was a temporary exhibition of “political cartoons” drawn by local schoolchildren
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They were brutal. 🙂

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