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John G. Milburn

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John G. Milburn was president of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo.  He was present, at the Temple of Music, when Leon Czolgosz shot William McKinley.

Milburn, together with George Cortelyou (McKinley's secretary) helped the wounded President to a nearby bench.  There they waited for an ambulance which took about six minutes to arrive.

Richard H. Barry, an eyewitness to the shooting, tells us what happened after McKinley reached the bench:

Mr. Cortelyou leaned over the President and asked him if he suffered much pain. The President slowly drew his hand to his bosom, fumbled at his shirt and reached within, groped there with his fingers for a moment, then drew them forth, dabbled with blood.  (Berry, from "The True Story of the Assassination of President McKinley at Buffalo.")


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