Czolgosz, Leon

Czolgosz, Leon

(1873–1901) assassin; born in Detroit, Mich. The fourth child of Polish immigrants, he worked in a wire mill and attended socialist meetings. Following a mental breakdown in 1898, he shot President William McKinley in Buffalo, N.Y. (1901) and was electrocuted that same year.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.