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    James A Garfield

    National Historic Site Ohio

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The Political Assassination of James A Garfield

Today's programs trace the connection of two men from the past - James A. Garfield, President of the United States, and Robert Todd Lincoln, only surviving son of President Abraham Lincoln - to the murder and death of President Garfield on September 19, 1881.

At 1:00p.m., Park Ranger Alan Gephardt focuses on the circumstances of the shooting by assassin Charles Guiteau, the President's medical care, and his death and funeral.

At 2:00p.m., author Jason Emerson shares his newest book Giant in the Shadows: The Life of Robert T. Lincoln. Lincoln fought in the Civil War as did Garfield, was a successful businessman, and served as President Garfield's Secretary of War. He was also present at the shooting of the President. Jason will speak about the friendship between Garfield and Lincoln and sign copies of Giant in the Shadows, on sale in our Eastern National bookstore.

Thanks to the Ohio Humanities Council and Hiram College for supporting this event.


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.