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02/07/1881 Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield

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2nd July 1881: President James A Garfield shot by Charles J Guiteau

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Murder of a President Extended Preview

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The Assassination of James Garfield

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Charles Guiteau Murdered President Garfield

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On This Day - 19 September 1881 - President Garfield Died

Charles Julius Guiteau was an American writer and lawyer who assassinated United States President James A. Garfield in 1881. Guiteau falsely believed he had played a major role in Garfield's victory, for which he should be rewarded with a consulship. Guiteau's motive was revenge against Garfield for an imagined political debt.