CHARLES J. GUITEAU - PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED 03/03/1882 - HFSID 286051
CHARLES J. GUITEAU The lawyer who assassinated President Garfield pens his name on this cabinet photo Rare Cabinet Photograph signed: "Charles Guiteau/ March 3,/1882". Sepia, 4¼x6½ overall, 4x5¼ image, (two surfaces).
Sale Price $6,800.00
CHARLES J. GUITEAU The lawyer who assassinated President Garfield pens his name on this cabinet photo Rare Cabinet Photograph signed: "Charles Guiteau/ March 3,/1882". Sepia, 4¼x6½ overall, 4x5¼ image, (two surfaces). Signed beneath image and above the imprint: "Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1882, by/C. M. BELL,/in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D.C." Imprinted on verso: "Notice - The negative from which this photograph is taken was made personally by me in the jail in the city of Washington on February 6th, 1882, for Charles Guiteau, and I warn all persons not to infringe upon the copyright. C.M. Bell". Lawyer, Charles Guiteau (1844-1882), unsuccessful in a small legal firm in Chicago, had moved to New York. Unable to find work on a newspaper, Guiteau unhappily returned to the practice of law. Divorced by his wife soon thereafter, Guiteau, despondent and struggling financially, involved himself in the 1880 Presidential campaign, writing a speech on behalf of James Garfield which the Republic Party published and gave some limited circulation. Guiteau credited himself with having secured Garfield's election, and hounded the staff of the President-elect for a diplomatic appointment. Firmly rebuffed by incoming Secretary of State James Blaine, Guiteau decided to assassinate Garfield. After much preparation, he shot the President on July 2, 1881. Garfield finally died on September 2, as much a victim of poor medical practices as of Guiteau's bullet, and the assassin was charged with murder. The delusional Guiteau believed that God had commanded him to slay the President. The insanity defense was used for the first time at his trial. Guiteau, however, was found guilty on January 25, 1882. TWELVE DAYS AFTER THE GUILTY VERDICT, C.M. BELL TOOK THIS PHOTOGRAPH AT THE WASHINGTON JAIL. On March 3, 1882, 25 days later, the condemned assassin signed this photograph. On June 30, 1882, Garfield's assassin, Charles J. Guiteau, was hanged at the jail in Washington. CHARLES M. BELL (1848-1893) established his own Washington photography business in 1873 and soon enjoyed a reputation rivaling that of Mathew Brady's. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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