The Shooting of President Garfield – Washington, 2 July 1881

Posted on July 1st, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 2 July 1881 at the railway station in Washington, President Garfield was shot in the back and arm by Charles J. Guiteau, a frustrated job seeker who had been rejected for a post in the Federal office.

Sadly, President Garfield never recovered from the wounds he received, dying in New Jersey in September 1881, aged only 49.

To mark the day, here are two newspaper reports about the shooting, and also a drawing of President Garfield.

historical newspaper report about The shooting of president garfield

Derby Daily Telegraph – Saturday 02 July 1881

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historical newspaper report about The shooting of president garfield

Gloucester Citizen – Monday 04 July 1881

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historical newspaper report about The shooting of president garfield

The Graphic – Saturday 09 July 1881

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