James Garfield was shot at the Baltimore & Potomac train station, by a Charles
Guiteau, who was promptly arrested.
president died, on 18th September 1881, of blood poisoning.
White House didn't seem to have any security to speak of at this time in history.
Guiteau had made frequent visits to the White House, and had actually
met the president at the White House one time.
the weeks leading up to the assassination, Guiteau would talk to the Secretary
of State most days and demanded the ambassadorship to France - when this was rejected
he became agitated and began stalking the president. On one occasion, it is alleged,
he sat directly behind the president in church.
defended himself at his trial and, despite claiming that 'God told me to do it',
and plenty of evidence he was insane, he was convicted of the assassination. When
he heard the jury's verdict he shouted at them:
are all low, consummate jackasses!"
was hanged on June 30, 1882.
his hanging he recited, in a high, childlike, voice:
am going to the Lordy, I am so glad."