On this day in 1881, President James Garfield died in New Jersey. He had been shot months earlier by Charles Guiteau at the Baltimore and Pacific train station in Washington, DC train station. Garfield died eleven weeks later, most likely from an infection that was spread as doctors used their unsterilized fingers to probe the bullet wound. Guiteau, on the other hand, was immediately apprehended. He was convicted on murder and hanged on June 30, 1882.
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