The Dastardly Past: Charles Guiteau.
On June 30, 1881, Charles Guiteau was hanged for the assassination of United States President James Garfield. Guiteau was an attorney, whose various applications for a Federal appointments had been rejected. Feeling personally resentful, he shot Garfield in the railroad station of the Baltimore & Potomac in July 1880, and Garfield died from infection two months later. During his trial Guiteau offered this unique defense: “The doctors killed Garfield. I just shot him.”