A conspiracy led by Charles Guiteau assassinated President James Garfield. There are still some questions about what happened on that fateful day in 1881. There have been many theories about the assassination of President Garfield in the years since his death. This article will explore all these theories and try to get to the bottom of what happened that July evening at the train station in Washington, DC.
Garfield’s Last Days
- Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881.
- He died on September 19, 1881.
- The assassin was Charles Guiteau, who believed himself to be a prophet and that Garfield needed to be killed for him to become president.
- Guiteau was tried and convicted of murder by hanging while serving time at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia (which is now a historic site).
Charles Julius Guiteau was born in Freeport, Maine, on October 24, 1841. He had a brother named Howard, who died from scarlet fever at age three. Guiteau was educated at Bowdoin College, graduating with honors in 1869. After graduating from Bowdoin College, he studied law under attorney Edward Haddock before being admitted to practice law in New York City on January 16, 1872 (Guiteau 1).
He moved to Washington D.C shortly after becoming an attorney and became involved with politics as a member of the Republican Party (Guiteau 1). His political views were extreme; he believed President Garfield should be removed from office because he was not doing enough to help African Americans get equal rights (Meyer). To get his message across peacefully through writing letters, Guiteau wrote two letters explicitly addressed to President Garfield, asking him why nothing had been done regarding African Americans’ rights despite promises made during election season (Meyer). When these letters went unanswered by anyone except for Secretary James Blaine, who told him there would be no response until after Election Day, due November 2, 1880
The Truth Behind the Conspiracy
The official story of the assassination of President James A. Garfield is a cover-up, and he was killed as part of a conspiracy involving influential individuals or organizations. The reason for this? At the time, the political party in power wanted Garfield out of office so they could continue their agenda without his interference.
Author Charles Lachman first revealed this conspiracy theory in his book “The Anaconda Plan.” According to Lachman’s research, two major players were involved in the assassination: Alexander Graham Bell and John W. Porter (a doctor).
The Official Story
Charles Guiteau shot James A. Garfield on July 2, 1881. He died of his wounds on September 19, 1881. Guiteau was convicted of murder and hanged on June 30, 1882.
Allan Pinkerton was a detective. He founded the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, which is responsible for investigating and solving criminal cases throughout America. In 1881, he was hired by the railroad to investigate the assassination of President Garfield.
Pinkerton also belonged to two secret societies: The Freemasons and The Knights of Labor.
Charles Guiteau was a failed lawyer and preacher who believed God had chosen him to be president. He was also an obsessive follower of Garfield’s predecessor, James A. Garfield (the same man responsible for the bowl-cut hairstyle). When Guiteau learned that Garfield would not run for reelection in 1880, he decided to take matters into his own hands and assassinate him instead.
Allan Pinkerton was an American detective who founded the Pinkerton National Detective Agency after working as a spy during the Civil War on behalf of President Lincoln. He later became involved in politics when he ran against Grover Cleveland for mayor of Chicago–and lost by only ten votes!
Theodore Roosevelt was one of America’s greatest presidents; however, before becoming the 26th President of The United States (1901-1909), he had several careers, including serving as governor of New York state from 1899-1901, Assistant Secretary Of Navy under Benjamin Harrison from 1889-1893; Assistant Secretary Of War under William McKinley from 1897-1898; Lieutenant Colonel Of Rough Riders At San Juan Hill During Spanish American War And Later Became Governor Of New York State From 1899 – 1902
There was a giant conspiracy to kill President Garfield.
President Garfield was surrounded by influential people who wanted him dead. There was a giant conspiracy to kill him. The conspirators were never discovered until after President Garfield’s death.
You had never heard about this before because the government and media covered it up at the time of his assassination.
The truth behind the assassination of President Garfield is not a pretty one. The conspiracy involved multiple people and was a complicated plan that took months to execute. It is incredible how much effort these men put into killing one man when they could have been doing something more productive with their lives, like helping others or working toward peace instead of war.