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President McKinley Inauguration (1901)

The first sequence (ca. 49 ft.), views of President William McKinley speaks to the crowd during his inauguration in Washington, DC. We see crowds on Pennsylvania Ave., NW, passing by the ... See full summary »

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G.W. Bitzer
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Marcus Hanna Marcus Hanna ... Himself
William McKinley ... Himself
Theodore Roosevelt ... Himself
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The first sequence (ca. 49 ft.), views of President William McKinley speaks to the crowd during his inauguration in Washington, DC. We see crowds on Pennsylvania Ave., NW, passing by the Willard Hotel during the inauguration festivities. A military unit on horseback rides down the court of honor, the area on Pennsylvania Ave., NW, going down 15th to 17th streets. President and McKinley and his party reviews the inaugural parade from a stand here. McKinley tips his hat to the crowd as his carriage passes the Willard Hotel. Stting beside McKinley in the carriage is Sen. Marcus A. Hanna of Ohio with members of the President's special escort, Troop A of the Ohio National Guard, and aides aides with guards. The man riding alone in the second carriage is Vice President Theodore Roosevelt. Written by American Mutoscope & Biograph Co.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1901 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,200 (estimated)
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. first filmed the William McKinley campaign in 1896, and was a "Client", the first candidate to use the motion picture medium as campaign publicity. The company also was the first to film the inauguration in 1897, along with the latter, the Edison Co. Biograph is the oldest movie company in America and in existence today. See more »

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Interesting Footage
22 January 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

This is a summary of what can be seen, so people know who is in this (both McKinley and Roosevelt, as well as Marcus Hanna):

President William McKinley speaks to the crowd during his inauguration in Washington, DC. We see crowds on Pennsylvania Avenue passing by the Willard Hotel during the festivities. A military unit on horseback rides down the court of honor, the area on Pennsylvania Avenue, going down 15th to 17th streets. President McKinley and his party reviews the inaugural parade from a stand here. McKinley tips his hat to the crowd as his carriage passes the Willard Hotel. Sitting beside McKinley in the carriage is Sen. Marcus Hanna of Ohio with members of the President's special escort, Troop A of the Ohio National Guard, and aides aides with guards. The man riding alone in the second carriage is Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

This was actually the second inauguration of McKinley captured on film, but the first only really shows men on horseback and a brief glimpse of McKinley, who is so blurry that it could be anyone. Here we get a much more crisp view. Still very short and without sound, but there is something about seeing a person in motion that captures them better than a photo. Apparently McKinley used the film for promotional events... not sure what exactly.


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