Ida McKinley

Ida McKinley This Is The First Full Length Biography Of Ida Saxton McKinley 1847 1907 , The Wife Of William McKinley, President Of The United States From 1897 To His Assassination In 1901 Long Demeaned By History Because She Suffered From Epilepsy Which The Society Of Her Era Mistakenly Believed To Border On Mental Illness Ida McKinley Was An Exceptional Woman Who Exerted A Strong Influence On Her Husband S Political Decisions.Born In Canton, Ohio, Ida Saxton Was The Eldest Of Three Children Throughout Her Youth, Ida Was Remarkably Independent And Energetic She Was Interested In Art, Architecture, And Current Events, And She Was Sensitive To The Plight Of Working Women In 1871 She Married Lawyer And Civil War Veteran William McKinley Following The Deaths Of Their Two Daughters And Her Mother, Ida S Physical Condition Deteriorated During The Years Her Husband Served As A U.S Congressman And As Ohio Governor, Her Health Fluctuated.Throughout William S 1896 Presidential Campaign, Delegations Came To The McKinley Home In Canton To Hear The Candidate Speak From The Front Porch Occasionally, Ida Was Healthy Enough To Speak With And Meet Political Figures Sometimes She Simply Sat To Hear His Speeches At Other Times She Was Entirely Absent Her Husband S Devotion To Her In Her State Became An Attribute Of The Campaign Author Carl Sferrazza Anthony Shows That Despite Her Frail Health, Ida Was Determined To Fulfill As Much Of Her Role As First Lady As She Could She Made Keen And Accurate Political Observations Particularly In Assessing The Motives Of Those Ambitious For Appointments And Her Unrelenting Lobbying On Behalf Of Methodist Missionary Efforts Factored Into The President S Decision To Retain The Philippine Islands For The United States.This Fascinating Biography Is Essential Reading For Anyone Interested In The Life And Times Of An Extraordinary First Lady. Anthony does a stellar job of presenting the life of a first lady asthan just a wife This is incredibly well researched and he does make clear attempts at weaving narrative into the book At times he seemed to lose focus and seemed to stray fro
Ida Saxton is an interesting person In her youth, she was a very vibrant, active, adventurous woman who bucked the attitudes of gender roles in her day by working in her father s bank She married Civil War hero and up and coming politician William McKinley They had two children, both of whom died very young This left Ida devastated She would often see other people s children and imagine what her own would be like This gave her a fondness for children.Along with this wound to her psyche, Mr Ida Saxton is an interesting person In her youth, she was a very vibrant, active, adventurous woman who bucked the attitudes of gender roles in her day by working in her father s bank She married Civil War hero and up and coming politician William McKinley They had two children, both of whom died very young This left Ida d
Not the easiest read The beginning of the book drags a bit but overall a very well written and well researched book that sheds light on one of the lesser known first ladies. An informative and enlightening narrative of an intelligent and influential first lady who faced many challenges, including the assassination of her husband Readhere. Interesting read about a First Lady somewhat in the shadow s of her martyred husband. 973.88092 A6285 2013