Source: Chicago Daily Tribune
Source type: newspaper
Document type: article
Document title: “Forbids Drapery of Buildings”
City of publication: Chicago, Illinois
Date of publication: 14 September 1901
Volume number: 60
Issue number: 257
|“Forbids Drapery of Buildings.” Chicago Daily Tribune 14 Sept. 1901 v60n257: p. 3.|
|William McKinley (mourning); William McKinley (death: government response).|
|Grover Cleveland; James A. Garfield; Benjamin Harrison; Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley.|
Forbids Drapery of Buildings
Law Passed by Congress in 1893 Prohibits Custom in Event of Death of Official.
Washington, D. C., Sept. 13.—[Special.]—None
of the public buildings will be draped in mourning for President McKinley as
they were for Presidents Lincoln and Garfield. On March 3, 1893, the day before
President Harrison was succeeded by President Cleveland, Congress enacted the
following law, approved by the President on the date given.
“That hereafter no building owned or used for public purposes by the Government of the United States shall be draped in mourning, and no part of the public fund shall be used for such purpose.”
This law was enacted in consequence of the frequent draping of public buildings on account of the deaths of former Cabinet officers. Congress decided to apply it to the cases of officials who died in office as well as those whose terms had expired.