Guiteau Collection at Georgetown
The Charles J. Guiteau Collection
consists of correspondence,
and printed material by and about
Guiteau, the notorious attorney who
U.S. President James Abram Garfield on
July 2, 1881. The assassination
resulted in one of the most celebrated
American "insanity trials" of
nineteenth century, which became
something of a legal milestone in the
judgement of the criminally insane.
D.C.--The Attack on the President's
The Arrest of the Assassin,
Sketches by artists A. Berghaus and C.
1881. Scene in the ladies' room of
the Baltimore and Ohio
depot--The arrest of the assassin / from
sketches by our special
[sic] A. Berghaus and C. Upham.
Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated
newspaper, 1881 July 16, pp.
wrecked the grand old Republican
party, and for this he dies.
Comment of Charles Guiteau, two weeks
before shooting President
From evidence given at Guiteau's Trial,
John K. Porter's Closing
to the Jury in the Guiteau Trial,
January 23, 1882.
An unsuccessful lawyer, evangelist, and
insurance salesman, Guiteau
believed Garfield owed him a patronage
position in the diplomatic
and that the president's political
decisions threatened to destroy the
Republican Party. Guiteau was convicted of
murder and hanged on June
1882. In 1883 Congress passed the
Pendleton Act; it sought to reform
service and limit the number of patronage
seekers like Charles Guiteau.
On December 31,
of President James Garfield, wrote a
New Year's greeting to his jailer.
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My name is Charles Guiteau, my name I'll
I leave my aged parents in sorrow for to
But little did they think, while in my
I'd be taken to the scaffold to meet my
of the United States (1881).
Garfield lay in the
for weeks. Alexander Graham Bell,
inventor of the telephone, tried
to find the bullet with an
induction-balance electrical device
had designed. On September 6, Garfield
was taken to the New Jersey
For a few days he seemed to be
recuperating, but on September 19, 1881,
he died from an infection and internal
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