• Front Porch of the Garfield Home - site of 1880 presidential campaign

    James A Garfield

    National Historic Site Ohio

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The Death of President James A Garfield

From the New York Times, September 1881

Original images attributed to the New York Times in September, 1881.

Courtesy of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC.

President James A. Garfield served just four months in office before being shot by Charles Guiteau on
July 2, 1881. The president lingered for over two months, finally dying on September 19, 1881. In recognition of the 132nd anniversary of the President's death, take in a presentation about the circumstances of the shooting, the president's medical care, and his death and funeral.

This free program begins at 1 p.m. in the Visitor Center auditorium. No reservations are necessary.

Did You Know?

1976 Photo of Lawnfield by Robert Riggin

Garfield's Memorial Library hosted a double wedding in 1888. Harry, Garfield's oldest son, married his second cousin Belle Mason and Molly, the Garfield's only daughter, married Joseph Stanley Brown who was Garfield's private secretary. Many guests were transported on a special train from Cleveland.