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William McKinley (1843-1901) as Freemason
1901
Joseph Deutsch (Publisher); D. C. Fabronius
USA: Illinois, Chicago
Lithograph on paper
overall: 39 x 30 in.; image: 28 x 22 in.
Gift of Paul D. Fisher
89.58a-b

William McKinley (1843-1901) lithograph; a: lithograph shows three-quarter portrait of McKinley wearing Masonic apron, and resting hand next to Bible with square and compasses; reads "Copyright 1901 by Jos. Deutsch Chicago, Ill. USA"; in print is "D.C Fabrionius" with facsimilie signature of "William McKinley"; b: original frame with applied Masonic symbols.


Republican - and Freemason - William McKinley (1843-1901) ran for president in 1896 and in 1900, winning both times. McKinley conducted his campaign from his Ohio home in 1896, where he presented speeches to the party delegates who traveled there to hear him. Sadly, McKinley's second term as president was cut short when he was shot by anarchist Leon F. Czolgosz (1873-1901) in September 1901 while shaking hands at a reception at the Pan-American Exposition.