Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Twenty-Fifth President of the United States
“Our earnest prayer is that God will graciously vouchsafe prosperity, happiness and peace to all our neighbors, and like blessings to all the peoples and the powers of Earth.”
“The fame of such a man will shine like a beacon through the mists of ages—an object of reverence, of imitation, and of love.”
Born at Niles, Ohio, January 29, 1843. Died at Buffalo, N.Y., September 14, 1901.
Erected 1906 by the State of Ohio and the citizens of Columbus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #25 William McKinley
Location. 39° 57.671′ N, 83° 0.009′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on South High Street south of Broad Street (U.S. 40), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus OH 43215, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 12 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Spirit of ’98 (within shouting distance of this marker); Ohio World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Ohio Statehouse Centennial (within shouting distance of this marker); Ohio State House (within shouting distance of this marker); Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Oak (within shouting distance of this marker); “These Are My Jewels” (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbus Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Unknown Boy Scout (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The State House (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The State House (about 300 feet away); Intersect (about 400 feet away); Here Stood Lincoln (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
More about this marker. The first two quotes are by McKinley. The third, on the back of the monument, by John Hay. William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States (1896-1901) and presided over the Spanish-American War. He was assassinated in office.
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1. Hermon A. MacNeil - Images of Sculptures and life work. Launched in April 2010, this Web Gallery celebrates Hermon Atkins MacNeil, American sculptor. Trained in the Beaux Arts school of Paris, he led a generation of American sculptors who designed and sculpted for public monuments, coins, parks, World's Fairs, State Capitols, U. S. Supreme Court, and other buildings across to nation. He captured many fading Native American images of the Nineteenth century in the realism of this classic style. (Submitted on March 28, 2011, by Dan Leininger of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.)
2. Smithsonian AmericanArt Museum Inventory of American Sculpture (SIRIS) # 77003045. McKinley Memorial, (sculpture).A Full-length statue of McKinley stands atop a fifteen foot pedestal. Monument includes exedra with figure groups at either end, representing (on proper right side of McKinley) Peace and (on proper left side of McKinley) Trade. The figure of McKinley is patinated black. Peace and Prosperity are both patinated a red-brown. Dimensions: Sculpture: H. 10 ft.; Pedestal: H. 15 ft.; Bench: W. 100 ft. (Submitted on March 30, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
1. The Closing of McKinley’s Last Speech
“Gentlemen, let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not conflict, and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war. We hope that all who are represented here may be moved to higher and nobler effort for their own and the world’s good, and that out of this city may come not only greater commerce and trade for us all, but, more essential than these, relations of mutual respect, confidence and friendship, which will deepen and endure.
“Our earnest prayer is that God will graciously vouchsafe prosperity, happiness and peace to all our neighbors and like blessings to all the peoples and powers of earth.”
— Submitted August 3, 2008.
2. “William McKinley” by John Hay
From an address in the United States Senate by John Hay (1838–1905), Secretary of State under Presidents McKinley and Theodore
For the third time the Congress of the United States are assembled to commemorate the life and the death of a President slain by the hand of an assassin. The attention of the future historian will be attracted to
the features which reappear with startling sameness in all three of these awful crimes: the uselessness, the utter lack of consequence of the act; the obscurity, the insignificance of the criminal; the blamelessness—so far as in our sphere of existence the best of men may be held blameless—of the victim. Not one of our murdered Presidents had an enemy in the world; they were all of such preeminent purity of life that no pretext could be given for the attack of passional crime; they were all men of democratic instincts, who could never have offended the most jealous advocates of equality; they were of kindly and generous nature, to whom wrong or injustice was impossible; of moderate fortune, whose slender means nobody could envy. They were men of austere virtue, of tender heart, of eminent abilities, which they had devoted with single minds to the good of the republic. If ever men walked
The obvious elements which enter into the fame of a public man are few and by no means recondite. The man who fills a great station in a period of change, who leads his country successfully through a time of crisis; who, by his power of persuading and controlling others, has been able to command the best thought of his age, so as to leave his country in a moral or material condition in advance of where he found it—such a man’s position in history is secure. If, in addition to this, his written or spoken words possess the subtle qualities which carry them far and lodge them in men’s hearts; and, more than all, if his utterances and actions, while informed with a lofty morality, are yet tinged with the glow of human sympathy—the fame of such a man will shine like a beacon through the mists of ages—an object of reverence, of imitation, and of love. It should be to us an occasion of solemn pride that
There is not one of us but feels prouder of his native land because the august figure of Washington presided over its beginnings; no one but vows it a tenderer love because Lincoln poured out his blood for it; no one but must feel his devotion for his country renewed and kindled when he remembers how McKinley loved, revered, and served it, showed in his life how a citizen should live, and in his last hour taught us how a gentleman could die.
— Submitted August 3, 2008.
Hermon Atkins MacNeil (1866-1947) sculpted this monument consisting of the statue of President McKinley and the two accompanying grouping of figures on either side. These extra figures seek to represent the values that McKinley lived out and for which grieving citizens chose to remember him.
Industry & Trade are symbolized by the first group. The man of great strength instructs the youthful student beside him. Here the artist seeks to depict strength and wisdom being passed on to the next generation. The other figures, a gracious woman ( "Prosperity" ) with her arm encircling a little maiden ( "Peace" ) are meant by MacNeil to symbolize those ideals as well as the joy and virtues of domestic life. These female figures are placing the palm leaves and flowers of peace over the sword and helmet of war.
MacNeil commented twenty years after completing this monument that while he worked very hard on sculpting the portrait of the President, he could follow his fancy in making the other figures. They only needed to convey the values
— Submitted March 18, 2011, by Dan Leininger of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 3, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,687 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 3, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 9. submitted on September 9, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.