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Source: Ohio Educational Monthly
Source type: journal
Document type: news column
Document title: “Current History”
Author(s): Pearson, F. B.
Date of publication: October 1901
Volume number: 50
Issue number: 10
Pagination: 505-06

Pearson, F. B. “Current History.” Ohio Educational Monthly Oct. 1901 v50n10: pp. 505-06.
McKinley assassination; William McKinley; William McKinley (public statements); presidential succession.
Named persons
Leon Czolgosz; William McKinley; Theodore Roosevelt; James Wilson.
Omission of text within the excerpt is denoted with a bracketed indicator (e.g., [omit]).


Current History [excerpt]

     THE event of the month which causes all others to dwindle into insignificance was the death of President McKinley. He was shot by Leon Czolgosz on the afternoon of September 6th and died at 2:15 a. m. September 14th. He was the twenty-fifth president and universally esteemed for his sterling manhood. History will accord him high rank not only because he was a martyr, but also because he was a just man.


     THE concluding sentences of President McKinley’s speech at Buffalo on the day before his assassination became his farewell address to his own people and to the world and will live as the expression of a noble generous soul:
     “Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war. We hope that all who are represented here may be moved to higher and nobler effort for their own and the world’s good and that out of this city may come not only greater commerce and trade for us all, but more essential than these, relations of mutual respect, confidence, and friendship which will deepen and endure. Our earnest [505][506] prayer is that God will graciously vouchsafe prosperity, happiness, and peace to all our neighbors and like blessings to all the peoples and powers of earth.”


     IN the event of President Roosevelt’s death the succession to the presidency would fall upon members of the cabinet in the following order: the secretary of state, the secretary of the treasury, the secretary of war, the attorney general, the postmaster general, the secretary of the navy, and the secretary of the interior. The department of agriculture was not created at the time of the passage of this law (1884) but Secretary Wilson would not in any event be eligible to the office as he was not born in this country.



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