Cornelius Bliss was the man who was almost president of the United States! Had Bliss not rejected William McKinley's offer for vice-presedential running mate, he would have become president when William McKinley was assassinated in September 1901. Instead, Theodore Roosevelt became president. Bliss served as Secretary of the Interior in McKinley's administration. He turned down the offer of becoming United States Secretary of the Treasury under President McKinley. The daughter of Cornelius Bliss, Lillie P. Bliss, cofounded the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This reproduction would look great in an album or display.