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Teddy Roosevelt statue being unveiled at inauguration site

October 27, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A new statue of Theodore Roosevelt is being unveiled at the western New York site where he was sworn in as the nation’s 26th president.

The former New York governor-turned-vice president took the oath of office inside a friend’s mansion in Buffalo on Sept. 14, 1901. That’s the day President William McKinley died after being shot by an assassin eight days earlier while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo.

The home where the inauguration was held later became the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

A new, 7½-foot statue of Roosevelt was installed outside the mansion Monday. It’s being unveiled at 5 p.m. Tuesday, which would have been Roosevelt’s 157th birthday.

Roosevelt was hunting in the Adirondacks when McKinley died. A train rushed him to Albany, then on to Buffalo.

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