In 1881 An Assassin Shot This President – But What Ultimately Killed Him Was Truly Bizarre

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Image: Joseph Ferdinand Keppler
Image: Joseph Ferdinand Keppler

Through the 1870s, Garfield’s political career continued with the usual ups and downs that politicians face. In the highly controversial Crédit Mobilier of America corruption scandal in 1872, involving Union Pacific Railroad finances, Garfield was tainted like many of his contemporaries but not fatally so.

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Image: C. D. Mosher
Image: C. D. Mosher

Then the peak of Garfield’s career in U.S. politics beckoned in 1880. By now a senator-elect, Garfield went to the 1880 Republican National Convention, where the Republican nomination for the next presidential candidate was to be decided. He fully intended to be nothing more than John Sherman’s campaign manager.

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