In Memoriam: America Remembers Gladstone
American reactions to Gladstone’s death in 1898 became the catalyst for an enormous outpouring of mourning across the United States. His Christian devotion was a prominent theme among those who eulogized him, whether in sermons or published articles. This chapter also demonstrates the numerous ways Gladstone was celebrated as a liberal statesman and internationalist. Some compared him to Lincoln. Peterson also reveals how the statesman was frequently invoked as a model for Anglo-American relations. In an ethos of heightened calls for a formal alliance between the United States and Great Britain—fueled by the Spanish-American War—his record on transatlantic relations came into sharper focus. Gladstone was remembered as the embodiment of Anglo-Saxon progress and a figure whose memory could unify the English-speaking world.