According to the reports given in the Internet sources below, Mabel McKinley was an American actress, songwriter, Vaudeville performer and favourite niece of the President William McKinley (1843-1901).
Born in Somerset, Pennsylvania, a gifted child, she was given the best musical and other education possible. Due to her uncle's wishes she did not perform publicly and used the pseudodym Vivian Grey
for her compositions.However, during President McKinsley's residence at the White House, she was very often required to entertain her uncle's guests at receptions and other state functions with her song recitals.
Wishing to be independent she overcame parental objections and worked on stage and was said to be earning a larger salary than President Roosevelt.
A philanthropist, she established a free conservatory of music for naturally talented poor children in New York City instructing free of charge.
All her works, which she also performed, were published by Leo Feist
, New York, USA.
||Los Angeles Herald, Volume XXX, Number 285, 19 July 1903
||Report by Los Angeles Herald
||Article by www.performingartsarchive.com