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Ida McKinley. She had two daughters who both died in infancy. She had epilepsy which was kept a secret and President McKinley was very protective of her. He changed tradition so he could sit by her at dinner to cover her should a small seizure occur. She was also said to have struggled with the demand of being first lady. She had both mental and physical issues during his presidency. After he was assassinated she took it well saying "He is gone and life to me is dark now."
Ida Saxton McKinley did not attend college, but did go to the best finishing schools and a tour of Europe. After her tour, she worked as a cashier in her father's bank. Occasionally, she would step in and manage the bank when her father was out of town. Later, she suffered from frequent seizures, which sometimes interrupted official functions.
Ida McKinley. The family still has the wing shaped diamond tiara shown in this photo (you can see a wing just below the base of the feather on the right side of her head). The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum has borrowed it for special events in the past.
Ida Saxton McKinley: Wife of the 25th President of the United States William McKinley, who held office from 1897 to 1901. After the deaths of both of her infant daughters, she developed epilepsy and was very dependant on her husband. Breaking with tradition, President McKinley insisted his wife be seated next to him at state dinners, as opposed to the opposite end of the table.