William McKinley (in office from 1897-1901) and his wife and First Lady, Ida McKinley (née Saxton).
In a break with tradition, he insisted that his wife be seated next to him at state dinners rather than at the other end of the table. Guests noted that whenever Mrs. McKinley was about to undergo a seizure, the President would gently place a napkin or handkerchief over her face to conceal her contorted features. When it passed, he would remove it and resume whatever he was doing as if nothing had happened.
The President’s patient devotion and loving attention was the talk of the capital. “President McKinley has made it pretty hard for the rest of us husbands here in Washington,” remarked Mark Hanna.The First Lady often travelled with the President. Mrs. McKinley travelled to California with the President in May 1901, but became so ill in San Franciscothat the planned tour of the Northwest was cancelled. She was also with him on the fateful trip to Buffalo, NY in September of that year when he was assassinated, but was not present at the shooting. (From Ida McKinley’s Wikipedia page.)
The last photo taken of President McKinley, 6 September 1901.
In this photo, President McKinley was on his way to the Temple of Music at the Pan American Exposition, where he was fatally wounded.
It was in Buffalo that Vice President Theodore Roosevelt would be sworn in as the new president of the United States, at age 42 on September 14 at 3:30PM by U.S. District Judge John R. Hazel at the Ansley Wilcox House, now known as the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.