Murder of a President


Episode Info

A profile of the 20th U.S. president, James A. Garfield (1831-81). He's considered one of the most accomplished men to become president and, though in office only a short time, he accomplished quite a bit. He's mostly remembered for his death, however. On July 2nd, 1881, four months after taking office, he was shot twice by a madman. If the wounds themselves didn't kill him, the care he received?including archaic and unsanitary measures?certainly did. He died 79 days later.


Shuler Hensley
as James A. Garfield
Kathryn Erbe
as Lucretia Garfield
Will Janowitz
as Charles Guiteau

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