Charles Guiteau

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.”

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