The papers of the time never mentioned her illnesses, or her seizures, but just talked about her clothes. She spent her well time making endless crocheted slippers. When her husband was assassinated in 1901, his last words were about her - to be careful how they told her. Ida retired to her home in Ohio, was inconsolable and died a few years later in 1907. It‘s a sad story all together.
for more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_Saxton_McKinley and http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/firstladies/im25.html
First , a portrait because you probably don't know what she looked like:
from http://www.whitehousemuseum.org/: Ida McKinley sitting for a portrait, circa 1899
The second inaugural dress:
from http://siris-collections.si.edu : Ida Saxton McKinley's 1901 Inauguration gown
from www.imageenvision.com , ca 1901
I don't think this is the same dress, although it is awfully hard to tell. There are several more of her in formal gowns at this site - take a look. Ida was always richly dressed. It must have been her one consolation. She was small - petite and a 19" waist on some of her dresses. The only level I can grade this on is that she seems overwhelmed by the clothes - they seem to own her. All surface and not too much depth of personality, but she may have wanted it that way. I give her a B.