President Garfield is Shot On this day in 1881

On this day in 1881, President James A. Garfield, who had been in office just under four months, is shot by an assassin.
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On this day in 1881, President James A. Garfield, who had been in office just under four months, is shot by an assassin. Garfield lingered for 80 days before dying of complications from the shooting. – History

Public Photo: An engraving of James A. Garfield’s assassination, published in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. President Garfield is at center right, leaning after being shot. He is supported by Secretary of State James G. Blaine who wears a light colored top hat. To left, assassin Charles Guiteau is restrained by members of the crowd, one of whom is about to strike him with a cane.