1900 Republican Rally in Mt. Pulaski

       During the 1900 Presidential Election Campaign, current President William McKinley (1897-1901), and former two-term president Grover Cleveland (1885-1889, 1893-1897) accompanied by Vice President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, attended a Republican rally in Mt. Pulaski on Wednesday, October 24, 1900.  These American Leaders made an historic stop in Mt. Pulaski, where 1000-1500 people congregated for this political rally [click here for a copy of a local newspaper's description of the event]. They utilized the Illinois Central, stopping at various cities and towns from Chicago to St. Louis, stopping here along the way.  John D. Rockefeller, a wealthy and influential contributor to the Republican campaign, accompanied them.  They dined and slept over at the Mt. Pulaski House Hotel that evening, before appearing the next day at the local rally.  On the previous day, Tuesday, October 23, Mt. Pulaski staged the Democratic Rally, which was attended by many people, also.  At this time, Mt. Pulaski had a population of over 2000 residents.  Following the rally, they walked down four blocks to the train station and boarded the Illinois Central bound for Springfield, and points beyond. 

President McKinley went on to win the election, only to suffer death by an assassin's bullet, while attending the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, NY., Sept. 6, 1901.  Vice President Theodore Roosevelt took over as the youngest person to ever serve the United States at the age of 42. [President John F. Kennedy was the youngest president ever to be elected at the age of 43]


 

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