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September 14, 1901: Theodore Roosevelt is Sworn in as President After William McKinley is Assassinated

On this day in 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office as President of the United States upon William McKinley’s assassination.  Roosevelt was 42 at the time, making him the youngest President until John F. Kennedy.

McKinley, who had been extremely resistant to accepting security measures, was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz about a week earlier in Buffalo, New York.  Afterwards, Congress assigned the Secret Service the duty of protecting the President.

Explore the significance of this event with a preview video of McKinley’s assassination from Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts.

Photo: Assassination of President McKinley. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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