Source: Harper’s Weekly
Source type: magazine
Document type: article
Document title: “The Funeral of President McKinley”
Date of publication: 21 September 1901
Volume number: 45
Issue number: 2335
|“The Funeral of President McKinley.” Harper’s Weekly 21 Sept. 1901 v45n2335: p. 946.|
|McKinley funeral services (Buffalo, NY); McKinley funeral train.|
|Abner McKinley; Ida McKinley.|
The Funeral of President McKinley
A PRIVATE service in the house in which the President died was held at eleven
o’clock Sunday morning, at which were present Mrs. McKinley, Abner McKinley,
a number of relatives, members of the cabinet, and a few personal friends.
The public funeral began at twelve o’clock on the same day. The casket containing the remains was taken to the City Hall, under the gloom of rain-laden skies, and here the face of the dead President was gazed upon by many thousands of people.
On Monday morning the remains were taken to Washington on a special train, and here the nation’s most prominent officials, as well as its lowliest citizens, did homage to the man they mourned, in a pageant of solemn grandeur.
The funeral train proceeded from Washington to Canton on Tuesday night, the arrangements for the interment in the family cemetery at that place being set for Thursday.
The progress of the train from Buffalo to Washington, and again from the national capital to the home of the McKinleys, was marked by the greatest interest everywhere, indicating the respect and esteem in which the nation’s head was held by his countrymen.