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The Assassination of President Garfield

Source: The Library of Congress

On July 2, 1881, President James Garfield was shot in the back as he walked in Washington’s Baltimore and Potomac train station. The assassin was Charles J. Guiteau, who was known around Washington as an emotionally disturbed man. He had killed Garfield because of the President's refusal to appoint him to a European consulship. The President died of blood poisoning and complications from the shooting on September 19, 1881.

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