Ida McKinley (1847-1907) was an American first lady (1897-1901) and the wife of William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States. Her ill health, particularly the onset of epilepsy when she was in her 30s, limited her ability to perform many of the social duties typically associated with the role of first lady, but she remained a trusted advisor to her husband until his assassination in 1901.
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Despite her increasingly poor health, Ida McKinley visited the grave of her slain husband, President William McKinley, daily until her own death in 1907.
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