Thursday, June 23, 2016

Election Song Sung by my Ancestors in 1896

Recently I ran into this article from the June 23, 1896 issue of the Sandusky Register. One of my House ancestors wrote a column which highlighted events in Perkins Township of Erie County, Ohio. The Republicans of Perkins Township were to meet at the school house for a caucus on June 30. The words to their "Republican Election Song" were sung to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Below is a transcription of the first verse and chorus.

Our eyes have seen the tokens of another president.
Our ears have heard the echoes of the greatest of events.
Election of McKinley to the presidential chair:
And McKinley's in the air.

Glory, glory Hallellujah!
Glory, glory Hallellujah!
Glory, glory Hallellujah!
McKinley's in the chair.

Of course, though William McKinley was elected as the 25th President of the U.S., he was shot at the Pan American Exposition on September 6, 1901, and died on September 14, 1901. Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States.

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