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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1537
AUTHOR: William McKinley (1843–1901)
QUOTATION: Expositions are the timekeepers of progress.
ATTRIBUTION: President WILLIAM MCKINLEY, speech delivered at the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York, September 5, 1901.—Modern Eloquence, ed. Ashley H. Thorndike, rev. Adam Ward, vol. 11, p. 401 (1936).

This was McKinley’s last speech, as he was mortally wounded the next day at the Exposition. He served in Congress 1877–1884 and 1885–1891.
SUBJECTS: Progress