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Photo Essay: Politicians Targeted by Assassins

President James Garfield

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Photo: Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1881

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President James Garfield

President James A. Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881 in a Washington, D.C., train station by Charles Guiteau, a man seeking a government job. Garfield died of his wound on Sept. 19, 1881. Inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who developed the telephone, made an unsuccessful attempt to find the bullet inside of Garfield using a a device called an "induction balance." For more: Life and Death in The White House (Smithsonian)