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William McKinley 1843 - 1901

September 28, 2007

William McKinleyWilliam McKinley 1843 - 1901 fought in the Civil War and his superior officer, another future U.S. President, Rutherford B. Hayes was a supporter of homeopathy.

Rutherford B. Hayes promoted McKinley repeatedly during the war, and then McKinley entered politics. Rutherford B. Hayes continued to support McKinley and he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1877.

As President, McKinley’s Secretary of State John M. Hay was previously the personal secretary to homeopathic supporter Abraham Lincoln.

President William McKinley was the guest of honor at the unveiling of the statue to the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, the first ever such statue to a doctor erected in America.

William McKinley consulted homeopath and astrologer Luke D Broughton.

The William McKinley Memorial Hospital Trenton was opened as a homeopathic hospital in 1892. The Hospital was the outgrowth of a movement to establish a homeopathic dispensary.

In 1897 President William McKinley appointed homeopath William Anderson chaplain of the Tenth United States Cavalry, with the rank of captain.

In April 1898 the regiment departed for the Chickamauga area from its headquarters at Fort Assinniboine, Montana.

Anderson remained behind and is believed to be one of the first black officers to command an American military post. On July 24, 1898, he joined the Tenth near Santiago, Cuba, where he treated the sick for fever and dysentery.

During the 1913 session of the General Assembly, a bill was again introduced giving women the vote for Presidential electors and some local officials. With the help of first-term Speaker of the House, Democrat William McKinley, the bill was given to a favorable committee.

McKinley told Grace Wilbur Trout that he would only bring it up for a final vote if he could be convinced that there was sentiment for the bill in the state. Trout opened the flood gates of her network, and while in Chicago over the weekend, McKinley received a phone call every 15 minutes day and night.

On returning to Springfield he found a deluge of telegrams and letters from around the state all in favor of suffrage. By acting quietly and quickly Trout had caught the opposition off guard.”

McKinley offered the position of Chief Surgeon of Division during the Spanish-American war to homeopath Marshall Orlando Terry, but he declined due to duties as Surgeon General.

McKinley was assassinated in 1901.


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