Publication information
Source: Public Papers of Benjamin B. Odell, Jr.
Source type: government document
Document type: proclamation, state governor
Document title: “Proclamation on the Death of President McKinley”
Author(s): Odell, Benjamin B., Jr.
Volume number: 1
Publisher: J. B. Lyon
Place of publication: Albany, New York
Year of publication: 1907
Pagination: 242-43

Odell, Benjamin B., Jr. “Proclamation on the Death of President McKinley.” Public Papers of Benjamin B. Odell, Jr. Vol. 1. Albany: J. B. Lyon, 1907: pp. 242-43.
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proclamations (Governor Odell, New York); day of prayer (McKinley); official day of mourning (McKinley).
Named persons
James. G. Graham; William McKinley; Benjamin B. Odell, Jr.
Despite the attribution of authorship of this document herein to Odell, readers should be aware that such attribution is based solely on his status as the “generator” and signer of the document rather than proof that he actually composed the text.

From title page: Public Papers of Benjamin B. Odell, Jr., Governor, for 1901.


Proclamation on the Death of President McKinley



Executive Chamber    

     The nation mourns the loss of the President.
     William McKinley’s virtues, his devotion to duty and noble character, had won for him the confidence, love and admiration of the American people. History will record the events in his life devoted to public service, and his wisdom in formulating the policies of our country. His love of home and family have brought him near to the hearts of his countrymen. With profound sorrow in this the first hour of our affliction, we may fail to discern the purposes of an all-wise Providence; but with heavy hearts and heads bowed low in grief we say, with our lamented President, “His will be done—not ours.”
     That the day of the final obsequies may be appropriately observed in this State, the nineteenth day of September, nineteen hundred and one, is hereby designated as a day of humiliation and prayer.
     Let all people of this Commonwealth, upon the day thus set apart, refrain from all secular pursuits and repair to their respective places of worship, there to offer up prayers to Almighty God for the comfort and support of the bereaved wife and family, for a continuance of His mercy and blessings toward our country, and that wisdom and strength may be vouchsafed to his successor, so suddenly [242][243] called upon to assume the responsibilities of President of the United States.

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In Witness Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and caused the Privy Seal of the State to be affixed at the Capitol in the city of Albany this fourteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and one.

B. B. ODELL, JR.    

By the Governor:

          JAS. G. GRAHAM

                Secretary to the Governor



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