A First Lady Survives Presidential Assassination Plus Rare Funeral Images

Ida McKinley at William McKinley's deathbed.

Ida McKinley at William McKinley’s deathbed.

Four Presidents of the United States have been assassinated, each leaving a widowed First Lady.

The famous image of Vice President Johnson taking the oath of office with his wife and Mrs. Kennedy just after President Kennedy's Dallas assassination.

The famous image of Vice President Johnson taking the oath of office with his wife and Mrs. Kennedy just after President Kennedy’s Dallas assassination.

The most recent of these dark moments in history took place fifty years ago this month, when President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed almost immediately upon being hit while riding in an open car through the streets of Dallas.

Jacqueline Kennedy at the President's funeral.

Jacqueline Kennedy at the President’s funeral.

His thirty-three year old wife, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy determined to focus on raising her two young children with a strong sense of their father.

She also carried out the work he would have done as a former President, of raising funds, planning and finally overseeing the dedication of his presidential library in 1979. She lived for thirty and a half years longer than him.

Like Jacqueline Kennedy, Lucretia Garfield preserved the memory and fostered the legacy of her late husband, President James A. Garfield, who was shot in a Washington train station in July of 1881, just four months after being inaugurated.

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Categories: First Ladies, The Garfields, The Kennedys, The Lincolns, The McKinleys

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