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Guiteau and the Assassination of President Garfield - Preface

Guiteau and the Assassination of President Garfield (Illustration) Biographies Social Studies Famous Historical Events Trials American Presidents Assassinations American History

Photo image of Charles J. Guiteau by C. M. Bell maintained by the Smithsonian Institution

 

I have just shot the President. I shot him several times,
as I wished him to go as easily as possible...I am going
to the jail. Please order out your troops and take
possession of the jail at once.

Charles Guiteau 
to General William Tecumseh Sherman 
July 2, 1881

 

Was Charles Guiteau, the man who shot President James Garfield, insane? At the time of the shooting - the morning of July 2, 1881 - the assassin’s mental state mattered little to most Americans. 

The real issue was:  Will the president live? 

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5123stories and lessons created

Original Release: Nov 01, 2004

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016


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