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It was a hot Buffalo September day in 1901 for the attendees of the Pan-American Expo. Leon Czolgosz hid a 32-caliber pistol in his hand under a handkerchief and managed to get past security to shake the hand of President William McKinley who has just delivered a rousing speech the day before about the progress of America. He got off 2 shots before being apprehended. One bullet hit his chest bone though it did not penetrate but another struck him in the abdomen. Eight days after, he died and made his VP, Theodore Roosevelt, our nation’s youngest President. It was at this house in Buffalo, New York, owned by his friend Ansley Wilcox where he was inaugurated. It is on this desk, which has been passed down in the Wilcox family, where he penned his very first proclamation to the country as President.