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Lost Radio Rounders: Political Songs

"White House Blues"

(American Folk Song)
Recorded live in Valatie, N.Y.

This American ballad tells the story of William McKinley's passing 8 days after he was shot while greeting visitors to the 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Doctors at first expected McKinley to recover, and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was sent on his vacation to the Adirondack Mountains.

News of McKinley's impending death from an infection reached T.R. on the slopes Mount Marcy, and Roosevelt quickly came to understand that he would soon taking the Oath of Office.