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Cup that held President McKinley's last drink, 1901Cup that held President McKinley's last drink, 1901

While attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, on September 6, 1901, President William McKinley paused to have a cup of coffee. Moments later he was shot by the anarchist Leon Czolgosz. McKinley died several days later, and Theodore Roosevelt became president. This cup, which supposedly held McKinley's last drink, was donated to the Smithsonian in 1967. According to the donor, her mother-in-law, who served as a hostess at the Pan-American Exposition, received the cup from one of her assistants after the assassination.

See also: Ceramics, Presidential Memorabilia

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