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McKinley Elementary Schools namesake, President William McKinley

That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime - to set an example - and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history.

- William McKinley

William McKinley (January 29, 1843-September 14, 1901) was born in Niles, Ohio in 1843.  Due to his father's high affinity for education, the family moved to nearby Poland, Ohio when William was nine years old in order for him to attend a better school.  

William McKinley enrolled in college at the age of 17 but was only able to complete a year due to the lack of finances and ailing health.  In 1861, he returned home hoping to work and save money to return to his college studies; however, that same year the Civil War broke out.  Following in the footsteps of both his grandfather and great grandfather, he enlisted in the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Regiment.  When the war ended, McKinley was only 22 but had moved up in the ranks and won many accommodations for his bravery and kindness.

After leaving the military, William immersed himself in the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1867.  Almost 10 years later, McKinley, at the tender age of 33 was elected and repeatedly re-elected to Congress for 15 years.

Nearly 30 years to the day of being admitted to the bar, William McKinley became the 25th President of the United States of America.  Because he was so liked by the people, McKinley was re-elected President for a second term; however, on September 6, 1901, President William McKinley was shot and passed away from those injuries on September 14, 1901. 


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McKinley Elementary
6703 East King Street
Tulsa, OK 74115


Picture of McKinley Elementary from early 1960's

McKinley Elementary

McKinley Elementary was
named after the endeared 25th
President of the United States,
William McKinley. McKinley
Elementary opened its doors
in 1952.