The Red Carnation President

By: Michele Kearns

Jan 31 2012

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His last words were,

“It is God’s way; His will be done, not ours.”

William McKinley 

25th President of the United States

(January 29th, 1943 – September 14th, 1901)

McKinley’s Monument/Canton, OH

WILLIAM McKINLEY

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

A STATESMAN SINGULARLY GIFTED TO UNITE THE DISCORDANT FORCES OF GOVERNMENT AND MOULD THE DIVERSE PURPOSES OF MEN TOWARD PROGRESSIVE AND SALUTARY ACTION- A MAGISTRATE WHOSE POISE OF JUDGEMENT WAS TESTED AND VINDICATED IN A SUCCESSION OF NATIONAL EMERGENCIES – GOOD CITIZEN – BRAVE SOLDIER – WISE EXECUTIVE – HELPER AND LEADER OF MEN – EXEMPLAR TO HIS PEOPLE OF THE VIRTUES THAT BUILD AND CONSERVE THE STATE SOCIETY AND THE HOME.

(text on front of statue)

A strange twist of fate

McKinley loved carnations and wore them as a good luck charm. While attending the Pan-American Exposition on September 6, 1901, he greeted a line of people. McKinley pulled his famous red carnation from his lapel and gave it to a little girl waiting in line. Seconds later, he was struck by an assassin’s bullet. McKinley died eight days later.

Website: www.mckinleymuseum.org

(“His last words were”, “A Strange Twist of Fate” and http://www.mckinley museum.org are links to other websites containing further information about The Red Carnation President)

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