Source: Irish American History of the United States
Source type: book
Document type: book chapter
Document title: “Chapter XLVI”
Author(s): O’Hanlon, John Canon
Volume number: 2
Publisher: Murphy and McCarthy
Place of publication: New York, New York
Year of publication: 1920
Pagination: 662-77 (excerpt below includes only page 674)
|O’Hanlon, John Canon. “Chapter XLVI.” Irish American History of the United States. Vol. 2. New York: Murphy and McCarthy, 1920: pp. 662-77.|
|excerpt of chapter|
|McKinley assassination; Theodore Roosevelt (first annual message to Congress).|
|Leon Czolgosz [in footnote]; William McKinley; Theodore Roosevelt.|
| This chapter excerpt includes the three following footnotes. Click on
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locations in the text.
From title page: Irish American History of the United States: Including the Valuable and Patriotic Services Rendered by the Irish and Catholics in Every Period of Our Country’s History, Notably Their Quick Response and Great Accomplishments in the Recent World War.
From title page: By the Rev. John Canon O’Hanlon, M. R. I. A., with Contributions by the Rev. Thomas F. Cullen.
From title page: Introduction by the Right Rev. Bishop Shahan, Catholic University, Washington, D. C.
From title page: With Copious Notes and Numerous Illustrations.
Chapter XLVI [excerpt]
While President M’Kinley had been
on a visit to the Pan-American Exhibition at Buffalo, on the 6th of September,
an Anarchist assailant drew a revolver on him and fired two shots, one bullet
of which lodged against the breast-bone and was soon extracted, but the other
entered the abdomen and could not be found after a surgical operation. Covered
with blood, the President fell desperately wounded into the arms of surrounding
friends, while the would-be assassin was at once seized by the indignant bystanders,
and was only rescued from their summary vengeance by interposition of the police,
who with difficulty succeeded in locking him up for the purpose of further examination.¹
With alternate fears and hopes for his recovery, the President lingered on for
a week, when he expired early on Saturday morning, September 14th, to the great
regret, not only of the people of the United States, but to those of the most
distant nations.² Immediately afterwards, the Vice-President,
Theodore Roosevelt, in accordance with provision made by the Constitution, became
the succeeding President, and took the usual oath of office.
The First Session of the Fifty-seventh Congress opened on Tuesday, December 3rd, with President Roosevelt’s Message to Congress.³ It opened with a reference to the assassination of his predecessor in office, to whose high qualities a warm tribute was paid. It stated, that no matter called more urgently for the wisest thought of Congress than the treatment of Anarchists. By international treaties, all civilized powers should declare the crimes of Anarchists offences against the Law of Nations, like piracy and the slave trade; so that the Federal Government might with the fullest efficacy deal sternly with such miscreants.