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The twenty-fifth president of the United States (1897-1901), William McKinley was elected president in 1896 and 1900. McKinley was shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz while attending the Pan-American Exposition, in Buffalo, New York, on September 6, 1901. He died a week later on September 14, 1901.
The twenty-sixth president of the United States (1901-09), Theodore Roosevelt assumed the presidency upon the death of William McKinley.
The twenty-seventh president of the United States, William Howard Taft served one term as president (1909-13).
The twenty-eighth president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson served two terms as president (1913-21).
The twenty-ninth president of the United States (1921-23), William G. Harding died in office on August 2, 1923.
The thirtieth president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge assumed the presidency (1923-29) upon the death of William G. Harding.
*Please note: This information is based on a compilation by the Office of the Curator, Architect of the Capitol, Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, from contemporary accounts and other sources. Additional research provided by Library of Congress staff.