William McKinley Assassination Bulletin — Physicians’ Report on September 8, 1901 – Six Days Before the President Died


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This bulletin, issued September 8, 1901 at 12:15 P.M., was released by President William McKinley’s physicians after the assassination attempt on September 6, 1901 in Buffalo, New York. He appeared to be recovering from his wounds, but then died six days later. The typed carbon copy reads in full:

Buffalo, September 8, 12.15 P.M.

The following bulletin was issued by the President’s physicians at 12 o’clock noon:

The improvement in the President’s condition has continued since last bulletin.  Pulse 128, temperature 101 degrees, respiration 27.

P.M. Rixey

Dr. McBurney is here now and will meet the President’s physicians in consultation at three o’clock.

Geo. B. Cortelyou,

Secretary to the President.

With original Executive Mansion envelope addressed to “Mr. Henry Mathews” in Washington D.C. and marked “Immediate.”

Telegram has moderate wrinkling not affecting text. Overall very good condition.