"I knew you as a soldier, a congressman, as governor, and now as President-elect. How shall I address you?" asked a well-wisher shortly after American voters elected William McKinley. "Call me Major," McKinley replied. "I earned that. I am not so sure of the rest."
(Written by William H. Armstrong, Major McKinley: William McKinley and the Civil War, Kent State University Press, 2000).