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He was renominated, but missed re-election by 45 votes. Miss Saxton's grandparents were among the founders of Canton nearly a century ago.
Resuming his private practice, he soon built up a profitable business. Her father was one of the prominent bankers of the city. While educating his daughter for the social position which his wealth and standing in the community opened up to her, he at the same time desired to guard her against possible adversity by giving her a business training.
He became a diligent student of the Bible and was a frequent participant in the discussions in the Bible class of the Poland Methodist Church, to which he belonged.
His career really began at the outbreak of the Civil War.
As Mc Kinley came back with the regiment he was cheered by the whole brigade. It was a most dangerous piece of work, gallantly accomplished. Soon after the battle of Fisher's Hill his regiment was detailed as a train guard to Martinsburg. Mc Kinley was with Sheridan at the battle of Winchester. It is a commission as a Major by brevet in the volunteer army of the United States, "for gallant and meritorious services at the battles of Opequan, Cedar Creek, and Fisher's Hill," signed, "A Lincoln." Major Mc Kinley participated in the final act of the great war drama, the Grand Review in Washington.
The next day, July 25, 1864 at the age of twenty-one, Mc Kinley was promoted to be a Captain. At the close of the war, although a military career was open to him, he decided to leave the army.
The "Coffee Incident" At the battle of Antietam, while his regiment was in the thick of the fray, Sergt. Hayes in describing this incident in a speech at the Lakeside, Chautauqua, in 1891, said: "From Sergt.
His first education was received in the public schools of Niles, but when he was nine years of age his parents removed to Poland, Mahoning County, Ohio, a town which was at that time well known for its educational facilities.He participated in all the early engagements in West Virginia, the first of these being at Carnifex Ferry.In the winter's camp at Fayetteville he earned and received his first promotion--Commissary Sergeant.At that time he was a clerk in the Poland Post Office. At the close of a patriotic speech by an eloquent speaker a call was made for volunteers.Young Mc Kinley was among those who stepped forward.
He went with the recruits to Columbus and was there enlisted as a private in Company E of the Twenty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The life of a soldier was beneficial to young Mc Kinley's health.