William McKinley Room

William McKinley

The last time William McKinley, the 25th U.S. President, came to Lebanon, Ohio was on October 24, 1893. He was running for re-election as governor of Ohio, with the election exactly two weeks away. He spoke at the Lebanon Opera House on the corner across Broadway from the Golden Lamb, where the Lebanon City Building is today.

Ohio-born Michigan Gov. Russell A. Alger accompanied McKinley and also spoke. Alger would become secretary of war in the McKinley Cabinet after McKinley was elected president in 1896. The headlines of our local paper, The Western Star, on October 26, read, “Monster Meeting.” It reported that 1,800 people, “the largest crowd that ever entered [the opera house] doors, were present and gave them a hearty welcome.” The paper went on to say McKinley “was a picture of the highest type of American manhood.”

The William McKinley Room has a queen-size bed and is located on The Golden Lamb’s third floor with a view of historic downtown Lebanon.