Daily Archives: September 23, 2011

President McKinley’s assassin goes on trial 110 years ago today

(Monday, September 23, 1901) — Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist who shot U.S. President William McKinley twice in Buffalo, New York, on Sept. 6, 1901, went on trial today in Buffalo, New York, only nine days after the president died.

Czolgosz’s lawyers were unable to prepare a defense since Czolgosz refused to speak to either one of them (Czolgosz would be found guilty the very next day and sentenced to death on Sept. 26).