Ida Saxton McKinley married William McKinley when she was 23 and became ill rather quickly after the loss of her mother and two small children. Born in 1847 to a well-to-do family, she worked at her father's bank as a a cashier, a position normally filled by men. She met William in 1867 and married 4 years later in January of 1871. Soon after the loss of her children Katherine, and Ida in 1875 and 1873 respectively, her health began to deteriorate as she developed epilepsy and became completely dependent on her husband Bill. Bill loved her devoutly and cared for her so much so that he insisted he be seated next to his wife during state dinners, which at the time was very untraditional. Her normal day consisted of her hobby of crocheting slippers. She remained First Lady of the United States until her husband was assassinated while still in office in 1901. Though she was too distraught to attend his funeral, she visited his grave every day until her own death 6 years later. The house she was born and raised in is now a National Historical Site in Canton, Ohio.
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