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William McKinley

William McKinley was the President of the United States of America from 1897-1901. His great grandfather, James McKinley, emigrated from the townland of Conagher, a few kilometres north of Ballymoney, in 1743. Shortly after being re-elected for a second Presidential term, William McKinley, was assassinated at Buffalo, Ohio, on 6 September 1901.

Another of William McKinley's distant ancestors was the local United Irishmen Francis McKinley, executed in Coleraine in 1798 for his role in the Rebellion.

This picture shows the McKinley homestead at Conagher, early in the twentieth century. This building has now been dismantled and will eventually be rebuilt at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, Co. Tyrone.