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Charles J. Guiteau Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

CHARLES J. GUITEAU
Born: September 8, 1844 in Freeport, Illinois
Died: June 30, 1882 in Washington, District of Columbia
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Charles Guiteau (1841-1882), a failed lawyer, involved himself in the 1880 Presidential campaign, writing a speech on behalf of James Garfield that 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 practice as of Guiteau's bullet, and the assassin was charged with murder. Guiteau was found guilty on January 25, 1882, and he was executed by hanging on June 30.

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