Lead:  At the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York Anarchist Leon Czolgosz assassinated the President of the United States William McKinley. He found it was very easy to do it.

Intro. A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Not yet a year into his second term as President, William McKinley was engaged in a running battle with the Secret Service. Less than a year had passed since a plot to kill the President had been uncovered. No matter how hard they argued he refused to allow his guard to be increased or to change his schedule of appearances. One of the most important events of the year was the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo. It was a celebration of the progress of America with numerous technological exhibits drawing thousands of visitors from around the country. September 5th was Presidents Day with 115,000 paid admissions and a crowd of 50,000 gathered to hear the President in the main plaza. His speech was a general one filled with boilerplate references to the advantages of the American economic and industrial system and a plea for peace among nations.

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