Ida (Saxton) McKinley

Ida (Saxton) McKinley (1847 - 1907)

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Ida McKinley formerly Saxton
Born in Canton, Stark, Ohiomap
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Wife of — married in Canton, Ohiomap
Died in Canton, Stark, Ohiomap
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Ida (Saxton) McKinley was the wife of a United States President.
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Ida was born in 1847. She is the daughter of James Saxton. Early life and marriage Ida was born in Canton, Ohio, the elder daughter of James Saxton, prominent Canton banker, and Katherine DeWalt. Her grandfather, John Saxton, in 1815 founded The Repository, the city's first and now its only newspaper. A graduate of Brook Hall Seminary, a finishing school in Media, Pennsylvania, Ida was refined, charming, and strikingly attractive when she met William "Bill" McKinley at a picnic in 1867. They did not begin courting until after she returned from a European tour in 1869. While single, she worked for a time as a cashier in her father's bank, a position then usually reserved for men. William McKinley, aged 27, married Ida Saxton, aged 23, on January 25th, 1871, at the First Presbyterian Church in Canton, then still under construction. Following the wedding, performed by the Reverend E. Buckingham and the Reverend Dr. Endsley, the couple attended a reception at the home of the bride's parents and left on an eastern wedding trip. Illness Possessed of a fragile, nervous temperament, Mrs. McKinley broke down under the loss of her mother and two infant daughters within a short span of time. She developed epilepsy and became totally dependent on her husband. Her seizures at times occurred in public; she had one at McKinley's inaugural ball as governor. Although an invalid the rest of her life, she kept busy with her hobby, crocheting slippers, making gifts of literally thousands of pairs to friends and acquaintances.


Date: 1880
Place: Canton, Stark, Ohio, United States: Residence:
Date: 1900
Place: Washington city, Washington, District of Columbia Page: Year: 1900; Census Place: Washington, Washington, District of Columbia; Roll: T623_159; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 32.
Date: 25 January 1871
Place: Canton, Stark, Ohio, United States[1]


  1. Source: #S-2132909621 Page: Year: 1900; Census Place: Washington, Washington, District of Columbia; Roll: T623_159; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 32.
  • 1880 US Census, Canton, Stark, Ohio NARA Film: T9-1067, Film# 1255067 Page 361C
  • Source: Title: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Author: Yates Publishing
  • Source: Title: 1900 United States Federal Census - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623,
  • Source: Title: 1880 United States Federal Census Author: 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

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