Source type: magazine
Document type: public address
Document title: “William M’Kinley”
Author(s): Shipman, William R.
Date of publication: October 1901
Volume number: 27
Issue number: 1
|Shipman, William R. “William M’Kinley.” Tuftonian Oct. 1901 v27n1: pp. 5-6.|
|William R. Shipman (public addresses); William McKinley (memorial addresses); William McKinley; William McKinley (death: personal response).|
|James A. Garfield; Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley [in notes]; William R. Shipman [in notes].|
|“This address was delivered by Dr. Shipman at the memorial service held in Goddard Chapel, September 19, 1901, in honor of the late President McKinley” (p. 5).|
It is the most impressive day in
the history of our country. More nearly than ever before we are “of one heart
and one mind.” And this unity of spirit, this bond of peace, is plainly now,
as we do not always see it must be, only through what is deepest and best in
Our universal tribute is to the man, whose manliness has been unchanged by conditions that made him conspicuous not merely before his countrymen but before the world. A man whose life, in the widest range of condition and service, was simple, consistent, sincere. No man’s life was ever more fully revealed, or showed more honorably in the full revelation. No life more perfectly fulfilled the duties of those relations which bind us in homes, in neighborhoods, in wider communities. His life was sound and pure in all that gives stability and honor to states.
It is a day of profound thankfulness that our great country is united in giving honor to manly worth. No mere soldier, no mere ruler could have won this heartfelt, tender regard. And it is a most fortunate time in our national development that nothing stands in the way of this demonstration of respect and affection. When Lincoln died in office we were still rent in twain by civil war. When Garfield died, partisan feeling was  threatening the public safety. Today we are one country, a united people; we have no apprehensions about the succession of men or measures. This unity and security we owe, in his full degree, to the president whom we now honor at the close of his long period of public service.
Shall we say anything, at such a time, of the manner of his taking off? Only that its pathos touches us most deeply and should bring forth what is best in our hearts. Who can compare the life of a man, a nation, a world, a universe! This man, when he saw the end of earth was near, could say, as in vision of eternal truth, “It is God’s way.” The crowning utterances of a Christian life. According to the measure of our own faith, may we be able to speak his words.