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Daily Video for June 30 – Charles Guiteau Executed


The Execution of Charles Guiteau, Presidential Assassin

On June 30, 1882, the assassin of President James Garfield, Charles Guiteau was executed for his crime in Washington DC.

A disgruntled office seeker, Guiteau had been stalking the President for months seeking an appointment as the US Consul to Paris.  Rebuked for the final time, he ambushed and shot Garfield in the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington DC on July 2, 1881.  Garfield died 11 weeks later after extensive treatment by a large team of doctors.  These even included Alexander Graham Bell who tried using and early version of his telephone technology to find the bullets that struck the President.  It is believed that had the doctors followed simple antiseptic practices, new to the time, that Garfield may have survived his wounds.

Check out this video on the assassination:

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