Description of the Statue
THE statue which was unveiled to-day is the first
erected to the memory of the martyr President. It was after the
town had held a memorial service in honor of him, that the citizens
held a meeting, formed a committee, and prepared plans for a fitting
The heroic statue of President McKinley
is of bronze and is eight feet high. It stands with uplifted left
arm and head slightly thrown back, a characteristic pose of the
late President while delivering an address. The right hand rests
on a standard conically enveloped by Old Glory.
The statue stands on a solid granite
pedestal which is six feet high and beautifully carved at the top
and bottom, while the four sides are panelled with bronze plates
or tablets. All the granite is highly polished. The pedestal rests
on two heavy squares of granite, and the base of the monument is
laid on a foundation of crushed stone and cement.
Surrounding the monument is a circular
plot of green-sward, raised from the street and curbed with heavy
granite, unpolished, but of the same kind as the pedestal.
The four bronze plates on the stone
pedestal have been most appropriately selected and significantly
inscribed. Each plate is twenty by thirty inches. On 
the front is a plate showing the President in the halls of Congress
and inscribed: “William McKinley Addressing the House of Representatives
on the Measure which became Famous under his Name,” and refers to
the McKinley tariff bill. Beneath this tablet is inscribed in bronze
letters the name of him in whose honor the memorial was erected,
The tablet on the west side of the
pedestal is inscribed: “William McKinley, Commissary Sergeant at
the Battle of Antietam, MDCCCLXII.” It pictures a scene of war,
with the late President as a young man driving a commissary wagon,
and refers to an incident during his Civil War service.
The tablet on the north face is inscribed:
“Let us remember that our interest is in Concord, not Conflict,
and that our real eminence is in the Victories of Peace, not those
of War.” These words are taken from his speech at Buffalo, and at
the bottom of the tablet is inscribed: “From President McKinley’s
Address at Buffalo, September VI, MDCCCCI.”
On the east side of the pedestal is
inscribed: “William McKinley Delivering his address at his first
Inauguration as President of the United States, March IV, MDCCCXCVII.”
It represents him as standing in a balcony over the steps leading
to the Capitol in Washington.
The statue stands at the junction
of Park, Maple, and Columbia streets, and is on a site given by
the Rev. L. O. Triganne, pastor of Notre Dame Church of Adams, through
Bishop Beavan of the Springfield Roman Catholic diocese. It is in
front of the beautiful Memorial Public Library of which President
McKinley laid the corner-stone.