(Jan 29, 1843 - Sep 14, 1901)
President of the United States of America
Initiated: May 1, 1865, Hiram Lodge No.
21, Winchester, Virginia, passed May 2nd,
and raised May 3rd 1865.
Brother McKinley Affiliated with Canton
Lodge No. 60, Canton, Ohio on August 21,
1867; and Demitted from same to become a
Charter Member of Eagle Lodge No. 431, also
Prior to becoming a Mason; as a Lieutenant
he was making a round in a hospital for
Confederate wounded. Noticing that the regimental
surgeon distributed gifts of tobacco and
money to certain patients, he was told that
these particular wounded Southerners were
brother Masons. McKinley then expressed
his desire to become a member of the Fraternity
that promoted such sentiments between opposing
He received the Royal Arch Degree in Canton
Chapter No.84, December 28, 1883; was made
a Knight Templar in Canton Commandery No.38,
December 23, 1884; elected a Life Member
of Washington Comandry No.1, D.C. December
23, 1896, and became an Honorary Member
of the Illinois Masonic Veteran Association,
October 26, 1898.
His Masonic activities include reviewing
a parade of Knights Templar from the White
House, May 6, 1897; a visit to his Mother
Lodge in Winchester, Virginia, May 19, 1899;
participation in the Masonic centennial
observance of the death of George Washington,
December 14, 1899; again reviewing a Knights
Templar parade from the White House, October
11, 1900, and attending a reception of California
Commandery No.1, in San Francisco, May 22,
Brother McKinley died in Buffalo, N.Y.
September 14, 1901, following his assassination
September 6, 1901.
Following his death the name of Eagle
Lodge No. 431 was changed to William McKinley
Lodge No. 431 effective October 24, 1901.
Governor of Ohio, 1892-1896.