Source: Congressional Record
Source type: government document
Document type: record of proceedings (U.S. Senate)
Document title: “Senate”
Author(s): United States Congress
Date of publication: 19 May 1902
Volume number: 35
Pagination: 5615-33 (excerpt below includes only page 5617)
|“Senate.” Congressional Record 19 May 1902 v35pt6: pp. 5615-33.|
|petitions (McKinley National Memorial Association); McKinley National Memorial Association; William McKinley National Memorial Arch Association; McKinley memorialization.|
|William R. Day; Charles W. Fairbanks; Frederic S. Hartzell [misspelled below]; James Thompson McCleary; William McKinley; James McMillan.|
|“Fifty-Seventh Congress, First Session.”|
Mr. FAIRBANKS. I present a petition of the McKinley
National Memorial Association relative to the erection in the District of Columbia
of a national monumental memorial to William McKinley, late President of the
United States. I ask that the petition be printed in the RECORD
and referred to the Committee on the Library.
There being no objection, the petition was referred to the Committee on the Library and ordered to be printed in the RECORD, as follows:
To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States:
The undersigned respectfully represent to Congress that there is a general desire throughout the United States that a national monumental memorial of William McKinley, late President of the United States, should be erected in the District of Columbia. The character of President McKinley, his public services, his tragic death, require, it is believed, this recognition. It was at first proposed that the money necessary for the erection of such a memorial in honor of President McKinley in the national capital should be raised by popular subscription, and the William McKinley National Memorial Arch Association was organized for that purpose. But upon the urgent representation of the McKinley National Memorial Association, formed to secure the erection by popular subscription of a monument at the grave of the late President at Canton, Ohio, that the prosecution of both appeals to the people would defeat both, and that the Canton monument should have the first consideration, the William McKinley National Memorial Arch Association withdrew from the field of popular subscription. The only way under the circumstances in which the general desire for a suitable memorial of President McKinley at the capital can be gratified is by the action of Congress. Your petitioners therefore respectfully pray for the passage of the bill introduced in the Senate by Hon. James McMillan, Senator from Michigan (Senate bill No. 2292), and in the House by the Hon. James T. McCleary, Representative from Minnesota (House bill 8753), which provides for a commission to select a site and secure plans for a memorial arch in honor of William McKinley, late President of the United States, to be erected in the District of Columbia.
THE MCKINLEY NATIONAL MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION,
WILLIAM R. DAY, President.
FREDERICK S. HARTZELL,