Category Archives: James Garfield

President Garfield’s Train

 James A. Garfield, President for barely six months, was dying from an assassin’s bullet. Garfield: The Long Hot Summer The summer of 1881 had been one of the hottest ever remembered by Washingtonians. The temperatures soared over 90 degrees practically … Continue reading

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Robert T. Lincoln: Witness to Assassinations

When Robert Lincoln was nearly sixty, he vowed never again to meet a President of the United States.  He was a prominent man with an iconic name. Meeting and greeting Presidents was a given. But he let it be known … Continue reading

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The Three Major Inventions of Garfield’s Assassination

The Industrial Age was at its height when Garfield was assassinated in 1881.  Inventive minds were at work! The President Is Shot President James A. Garfield (1831-1881) was a robust, athletic man of forty-nine when an assassin pumped two bullets … Continue reading

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Destiny of the Republic: A Book Review

Its subtitle, “A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President” says it all. The Assassination of James A. Garfield Shooting a President, his lingering death, unbelievably incompetent doctors and a deranged assassin makes for a fine and … Continue reading

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President Garfield’s Doctors: A Keystone Tragic-Comedy Part II

 President Garfield spent two months after his assassination attempt, lying in bed at the White House during the hottest weeks in memory. James Garfield, President for barely four months, had survived the night following an assassination attempt on July 2, … Continue reading

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President Garfield’s Doctors: A Tragi-Comedy Part I

Charles Guiteau admitted that he shot the President, but “it was the doctors who killed him.”  The assassin was certifiably insane, but he wasn’t stupid.  Everybody in the country knew it was the medical men who botched the care of … Continue reading

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