Keenan, Major Peter, bill for monument to memory of (A. 1316)

Omnibus Veto 147

State of New York
Executive Chamber
Albany, May 5, 1900

Memorandum filed with Assembly bill No. 1316, introduced by Mr. Litchard, entitled “An Act to provide for the erection of a monument to the memory of Major Peter Keenan in the cemetery at Scio, Allegany county and making an appropriation therefor” —Not approved

It would be eminently proper to put up a monument to gallant Major KEENAN by private subscription; but the State should exercise great caution in thus singling out one officer above all others. Representations have already been made to me on behalf of scores of New York officers (and Major KEENAN was a Pennsylvania officer) whose friends desire that they should receive monuments as proposed to be erected to Major KEENAN. If the State is to erect monuments to individual officers or soldiers, it should be done on the recommendation of some proper tribunal, which would consider the comparative merits and services of the different in dividuals. Otherwise, men of gallantry, but of less distinguished service, would be preferred to such men as SHERIDAN and CUSHING. The only way to avoid this type of injustice would be to have some authoritative tribunal make a report on the matter.

Theodore Roosevelt


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