President William McKinley,
Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States of
Born in Niles, Ohio, January 29, 1843.
Died in Buffalo, N. Y., September 14, 1901.
VICTIM of the treacherous blow of an assassin, William McKinley,
twenty-fifth President and Commander-in-Chief of the military and
naval forces of the United States of America has passed away in
the fulness [sic] of his powers, in the heyday of his achievements
and in the plenitude of a people’s love and affection. Assuming
the chief magistracy at a critical period in the Nation’s history,
he guided the affairs of state so wisely and so skillfully that
the republic emerged from a great international conflict, not only
victorious in a war undertaken from the purest of motives, but with
a newly confirmed national unity and a fixed position among the
great powers of the world. Broad in mind, discriminating in observation
and sympathetic in character, his temperament ever maintained an
appreciative attitude toward the healing art both in peace and in
war. He held his own physician by the closest ties of friendship
and regarded the entire profession with generous and kindly interest.
A soldier while hardly more than a boy, he knew, as do few, the
difficulties, hardships and discouragements of the military surgeon.
His generous qualities were never suppressed nor superseded. With
intellectual attainments of the highest order, he possessed a masterly
grasp of practical affairs, constituting a combination as rare as
it was admirable. In his untimely decease the Country has suffered
not only an irreparable national bereavement, but a distinct loss
in personal character, although it has gained a splendid memory
which will ever gild with the glow of kindness, intelligence, energy
and strength the period of national existence moulded by his hand.