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Source: Congregationalist and Christian World
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: “McKinley Memorial Sunday”
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: 20 September 1902
Volume number: 87
Issue number: 38
Pagination: 395

“McKinley Memorial Sunday.” Congregationalist and Christian World 20 Sept. 1902 v87n38: p. 395.
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McKinley memorial services, first anniversary.
Named persons
William R. Day; James Gibbons; William McKinley; Philip S. Moxom; Theodore Roosevelt; Charles Emory Smith; William A. Stone.


McKinley Memorial Sunday

     Spontaneously in most cases, but at the suggestion of prelates like Cardinal Gibbons in some instances and of public officials like Governor Stone of Pennsylvania in others, churches of all faiths set apart one service last Sunday as a memorial service for the beloved President of the nation who was killed by an assassin one year ago. Everywhere clergy and people responded naturally and honestly to the call. Nowhere so far as we have seen was there anything but admiration expressed for his life and character. At Canton, O., his home, his long-time friend, Judge Day, whom he selected to be Secretary of State, paid his tribute, and emphasized, as all must who study the character of the dead leader, his gentleness of spirit, his forgiving temper, his disinclination to harm the feelings of any man. This point is admirably developed by another of President McKinley’s Cabinet advisers, Charles Emory Smith, in his recent article in the Saturday Evening Post. Rev. Dr. P. S. Moxom, preaching in the South Church, Springfield, last Sunday, expressed the judgment of thoughtful men when he said that Mr. McKinley “did his work in a difficult time, when new problems were emerging, with a fidelity and skill which are appreciated more and more highly as the man and his work recede into historical perspective. One thing grows clear, he was always somewhat greater than we knew. . . . It was its moral quality which gave to his life its supreme distinction.”
     Temperamentally Mr. McKinley was quite different from his successor. Each was fitted for the task to be done, and journals which, like the New York Sun, are now covertly trying to undermine the influence of President Roosevelt by comparing him with President McKinley, to the disparagement of the former, are not doing that which the dead statesman would indorse [sic].



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