Charles Julius Guiteau, writer, lawyer, preacher. He was born in Freeport Illinois September 8, 1841, the fourth of six children. After failing his attempt to go to the university of Michigan, he joined the controversial religious sect his father was also in but soon left. After also failing to become a writer he went back to theology and then to politics. Also, he is the assassin who killed James Garfield, President of the United States.
In 1850 he and his family moved to Wisconsin where he lived for 5 years until his mother died. He moved with his father back to Freeport. While he was a young man he got $1,000 of inheritance money from his Grandfather and went to Michigan in an attempt to join the University of Michigan.…show more content…
He did not know much about guns but did know that he would need a high caliber gun. He decided to get a .442 Webley caliber British Bulldog revolver and decided he wanted to get one with ivory grips as opposed to wooden ones so it would look good in the museum. The gun cost $16 but the store owner gave him it for $15. The first time Charles fired the gun the recoil almost knocked him over so he spent a few weeks practicing his aim and stalking Garfield.
On July 2, 1881 Charles waited for Garfield at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station. He got his shoes shined, paced, and engaged a cab to take him to jail. Garfield entered the station expecting a vacation, he was shot twice. The second bullet pierced the lumbar vertebra but missed his spinal cord. Charles cried out "I am a Stalwart of the Stalwarts. ... [Chester A.] Arthur is president now!"
On september 19,after a long and painful 11 weeks fighting infections (which were most likely from the doctor using unwashed hands and non-sterilized equipment) Garfield died. Many modern Physicians say that if Garfield had been treated with clean equipment, he would not have died. Candice Millard even goes as far as to say that if he had been left alone by the doctors, he would have lived.
Guiteau pleaded not guilty to the murder charges. The trial that took place on November 14 in Washington D.C. was one of the first high profile cases where the defense of insanity was considered. Charles claimed that he wasn 't