Tag Archives: President James A. Garfield

Chester Alan Arthur: The Dandy President

Nothing but the very best would satisfy Chester Alan Arthur. An Insignificant Upbringing Nothing in his background remotely suggested that Chester Alan Arthur (1829-86) would ever be president. Of course that could be said about many of our chief executives. … Continue reading

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The Unexpected President: Chester Alan Arthur…..Life and Times: A Book Review

There are very few things that Chester Alan Arthur is “famous” for. One, is his mutton chop whiskers; the other is his statement that “I may be President of the United States, but my private life is my own business.” … Continue reading

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VP Hannibal Hamlin, Coast Guard Private

Hannibal Hamlin was Vice President during Abraham Lincoln’s first term. He was a decent man, lost to history. Vice President Hamlin, The Background Hannibal Hamlin, from Maine, was a likeable and respected attorney, a pleasant but far from stellar United … 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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