President McKinley Explained Freemasonry

When asked of Masonry, President William McKinley explained,  “After the battle of Opequam, I went with the surgeon of our Ohio regiment to the field where 5,000 confederate prisoners were under guard.  As soon as we passed the guard, the doctor shook hands with a number of prisoners and began passing out his roll of bills.”

On the way back to camp I asked him, ‘Did you know those men?’


‘But you gave them a lot of money, do you expect to get it back?’

‘If they are able to pay me back, they will.  It makes no difference to me; they are brother masons in trouble and I am only doing my duty.’

I said to myself, ‘If that is Masonry, I will take some of it myself.'”