Rare “Selfie” from President McKinley’s 1901 Funeral Comes to Light

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Selfie (2)Lansing, Michigan — Today a rare “selfie” photo of three famous Americans was verified by a historian as a legitimate photograph taken at the 1901 funeral of President William McKinley. The Americans in the photo are: William Jennings Bryan, the Democratic candidate for the presidency in 1896 and 1900; Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the famous advocate for women’s rights; and President Theodore Roosevelt, who had served as McKinley’s vice president and who had been sworn in as president before the funeral.

According to contemporary reports, the three were apparently joking around at the time the picture was taken by Bryan, who had tilted the tripod on which a reporter’s camera was mounted toward the trio in order to snap the image. Newspaper accounts also claim that First Lady Edith Roosevelt became jealous of her husband’s flirting with Stanton during the funeral and changed seats with her husband so that she sat between them.

McKinley was fatally shot by anarchist Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York on September 6, 1901. He died eight days later.

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