The President should not be required to take up the question of the selection of a successor before the last offices of affection and respect have been paid to the dead. If the proprieties of an occasion as sad as that which now overshadows us are observed, possibly one-half of the brief time allowed is gone before, with due regard to the decencies of life, the President and those with whom he should advise can take up the consideration of the grave duty of selecting a head for one of the greatest Departments of the Government.
Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901), U.S. president. Special Message to Congress, January 31, 1891. A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789-1897, p. 133, Government Printing Office (1898).
Secretary of the Treasury William Windom died after giving a speech at Delmonico's in New York.