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  • 1882: Charles Guiteau, James Garfield’s colorful assassin

    06/29/2020 9:10:06 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 17 replies
    ExecutedToday.com ^ | June 30, 2008 | Headsman
    On this date in 1882, America’s weirdest assassin recited fourteen verses of the Gospel of Matthew and (sans requested orchestral accompaniment) a poem of his own composition entitled “I am Going to the Lordy,” and was hanged in the District of Columbia jail for shooting forgettable Gilded Age president James Garfield. Mad as a march hare, Charles Julius Guiteau had irritated the obscure reaches of the Republic near four decades, trying his hand at free love, law, newspapering* and evangelism....Having failed at each characteristic American monkeyshine more comprehensively than the last, he naturally gravitated to politics; while today Guiteau might...