He was born 169 years ago in Ohio. He is William McKinley who served as a commissary sergeant in the Civil War. He bravely served his country by literally serving Union soldiers coffee and meals in the battles very similar to our present day Politicians he served in later wars but never shot a gun.
After the War, he rose in the Republican ranks to become the Governor of Ohio, He won his party’s Presidential nomination in 1896. Nothing new, lots of Presidents were Governors of States. He beat the Democrat William Jennings Bryant at the polls. What was different is that his Inauguration Ceremony was the first to be filmed by Thomas Edison.
There is a mountain named after him in Alaska that is the tallest in the land. His portrait is in the center of the $500 bill. And in his most recent honor, the fictional Ohio High School of Glee, the TV series, has his name and a date of 1854 gracing the entrance to the school. Yes our new generation needs to know a few things about the names and people that we somehow see regularly.