Film has a fascinating history that dates all the way back to 1892. Since then, the technology has evolved leaps and bounds. If you’re an Ohio history buff, you might be wondering what sort of footage was taken in Ohio more than a century ago during film production’s earliest stages. Few people know that the first United States President to appear on film actually did so right here in the Buckeye State. In one of the earliest pieces of video footage ever taken in Ohio, President William McKinley is filmed at his home in Canton, Ohio in 1896. Check out the short film below, (provided by YouTube user Change Before Going Productions), in which a reenactment of William McKinley receiving the Republican nomination for President of the United States in September 1896 is captured:

What do you think of this footage? Pretty neat, right?

For more rare footage of Ohio from decades past, check out our previous article: This Rare Footage In The 1950s Shows Ohio Like You’ve Never Seen It Before.

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