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President William McKinley (1843-1901) Commemorative Platter
Maker not marked
overall: 10-1/2"h x 8"w x 1-1/8"d
Gift of Robert and Edith Zucker

Clear pressed glass oval platter with scalloped edge. Leafy laurel wreath along the edge. Lettering on the side reads, "It Is God's Way / His Will Be Done." The bottom of the platter shows a full-length portrait of a man wearing an overcoat and holding a scroll (William McKinley (1843-1901)). Lettering at the sides of the portrait reads, "Born 1843 / Died 1901."

Republican - and Freemason - William McKinley (1843-1901) ran for president in 1896 and in 1900, winning both times. McKinley conducted his campaign from his Ohio home in 1896, where he presented speeches to the party delegates who traveled there to hear him. Sadly, McKinley's second term as president was cut short when he was shot by anarchist Leon F. Czolgosz (1873-1901) in September 1901 while shaking hands at a reception at the Pan-American Exposition.