Lead: Despite convulsion associated with epilepsy, Ida Saxon McKinley regularly performed the duties of First Lady.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Ida Saxon met young attorney William McKinley at a church picnic and they were married in Canton, Ohio in 1871. The first two years of their marriage were idyllic, punctuated by the birth of their first child Katie, but thereafter the couple began long years of sadness. Complications from the birth of their second child, who died after only five months, led to a deterioration of Mrs. McKinley's health. Phlebitis left her partly crippled and brain damage led to a lifelong battle with a variety of epileptic seizures. When Katie died in 1876, Ida lapsed into periodic bouts of depression from which she emerged only after McKinley began his political career. His intense devotion to her impressed their friends, but his advisers sometime resented the time he spent nursing her.

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