Born in Niles, Ohio in 1843.
Attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.
Graduated from Poland Academy in Ohio.
Enlisted as a Private in the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
Promoted to Commissary Sergeant in April; Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in September after the battle of Antietam.
Promoted to First Lieutenant in 1863, Captain in 1864, and Brevet Major in 1865.
Studied law and was admitted to the Ohio Bar.
Served as a Prosecuting Attorney in Stark County, Ohio.
Married to Ida Saxton in Canton, Ohio, and had 2 children: Katherine and Ida (who died at only 3 months).
U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio, except for several months in 1884 and 1885 as a result of contested election.
Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee.
Governor of Ohio (2 terms).
Elected to his first term of presidency.
United States declares War on Spain because of an underwater mine attack, but signs a peace treaty in December.
The Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam formally acquired by the United States.
Elected to second term as the president of the United States.
Shot by Leon Frank Czolgosz (an anarchist) while attending Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York on September 6. He then died because of the wound on September 14, 1901.