1881: James A. Garfield
The 20th President of the United States had the second shortest term in presidential history, assassinated just four months after his election. His killer, Charles J. Guiteau was convinced: “for the sake of harmony in the Republican Party, I had to kill him.” Guiteau purchased a short-barrelled British Bulldog revolver, which he thought would look good on display in a museum exhibition after the assassination. He stalked Garfield for months until 2 July 1881 when he snuck up behind the President with his gun and fired twice.
The injured Garfield was taken to the White House and was seen by more than fifteen doctors, each attempting treatments different from the last. They tried and failed to locate the bullet in his abdomen with unwashed fingers and medical utensils, even enlisting the help of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the first working telephone, to test his newly invented metal detector to locate the bullet. 80 days after the shooting, Garfield died from an infection.
Guiteau defended himself at trial, declaring that “the doctors killed Garfield, I just shot him.”
Charles J. Guiteau is played by Bobby Fox.