02/07/1881 Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield
2nd July 1881: President James A Garfield shot by Charles J Guiteau
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The Assassination of James Garfield
Charles Guiteau Murdered President Garfield
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.