Having spent my weekend watching Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in the theater (thankfully not Ford’s) and the Kennedys miniseries on Netflix, I was reflecting on the fact that we almost completely skip over the fact that President William McKinley was also assassinated.
The Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations have been portrayed, reviewed, written about and debated seemingly daily since they occurred. Meanwhile, I’d suspect a vast majority of Americans couldn’t even name the other president who was assassinated. Heck, I was a political science major, took AP US History and am involved in politics here and there locally and I know next to nothing about it. Leon Czolgosz is not a top of mind topic of dinner conversation.
Kennedy was, besides all the Camelot mystique etc., in the time of TV. Lincoln was president at a turning point for the nation and led at an impactful time when the country was torn apart. McKinley was… neither of these, really. So… is that why we don’t seem to even bring it up?