The Charles Guiteau Trial: Selected Links & Bibliography
(Compiled by L. Renee Faust Rohe (3L))

Kenneth D. Ackerman, The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield. Carroll & Graf, 2003.

Charles E. Rosenberg. The Trial of the Assassin Guiteau : Psychiatry and the Law in the Gilded Age. University of Chicago Press, 1995.

James C. Clark. The Murder of James A. Garfield : The President's Last Days and the Trial and Execution of His Assassin. McFarland & Company, 1993.

Case Law:
United States v. Guiteau, 1 Mackey 498 (D.C. Cir.  1882)
United States v. Guiteau, 1 Mackey 563 (D.C. Cir.  1882)
United States v. Guiteau, 1 Mackey 585 (D.C. Cir.  1882)
United States v. Guiteau, 10 F. 161 (D.N.Y. 1882)


The Charles Guiteau Collection at Georgetown University

Guiteau Collection: Folder Listing
The Charles J. Guiteau Collection consists of correspondence, affidavits and printed material by and about Guiteau, the notorious attorney who assassinated U.S. President James Abram Garfield on July 2, 1881. The assassination resulted in one of the most celebrated American "insanity trials" of the nineteenth century, which became something of a legal milestone in the judgement of the criminally insane.

The attack
                                    on the President's lifeWashington, D.C.--The Attack on the President's Life,
The Arrest of the Assassin,
Sketches by artists A. Berghaus and C. Upham,
1881.  Scene in the ladies' room of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad depot--The arrest of the assassin / from sketches by our special artist's [sic] A. Berghaus and C. Upham.
Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1881 July 16, pp. 332-333.

Today in History

In the President's madness he has wrecked the grand old Republican party, and for this he dies.
Comment of Charles Guiteau, two weeks before shooting President Garfield, From evidence given at Guiteau's Trial, John K. Porter's Closing Speech to the Jury in the Guiteau Trial, January 23, 1882.
The American Presidency
An unsuccessful lawyer, evangelist, and insurance salesman, Guiteau believed Garfield owed him a patronage position in the diplomatic corps, and that the president's political decisions threatened to destroy the Republican Party. Guiteau was convicted of murder and hanged on June 30, 1882. In 1883 Congress passed the Pendleton Act; it sought to reform civil service and limit the number of patronage seekers like Charles Guiteau.

Letter to a Jailer
On December 31, 1881, Charles Guiteau, the assassin of President James Garfield, wrote a New Year's greeting to his jailer.
Image of New Year's
                                            Greeting, first page
New Year's Greeting from Presidential Assassin Charles Julius Guiteau to his Jailer,
December 31, 1881.

WRHS Collections Catalog Online
The Western Reserve Historical Society's Collections Catalog is now available online!

"Charles Guiteau" the folksong
My name is Charles Guiteau, my name I'll ne'er deny.
I leave my aged parents in sorrow for to die.
But little did they think, while in my youthful bloom,
I'd be taken to the scaffold to meet my earthly doom.

Biography of James Garfield
the twentieth President of the United States (1881). 

White House Biography - 23.9KB

Mortally wounded, Garfield lay in the White House for weeks. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, tried unsuccessfully to find the bullet with an induction-balance electrical device which he had designed. On September 6, Garfield was taken to the New Jersey seaside. For a few days he seemed to be recuperating, but on September 19, 1881, he died from an infection and internal hemorrhage.

Charles Guiteau - Wikipedia Entry

National Park Service: James A. Garfield
Information on the National Historic Site

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