Charles J. Guiteau Biography
(American Man Who Assassinated the United States President James A. Garfield)
Birthday: September 8, 1841 (Virgo)
Born In: Freeport, Illinois, United States
Charles J. Guiteau was the person who assassinated the US President James A. Garfield, in 1881. Known to be a narcissist, Guiteau believed that he was responsible for Garfield`s victory in the elections, for which he deserved rewards and opportunities. Garfield`s administration had rejected all his applications to serve in Paris or Vienna, and Guiteau eventually made the decision to kill the President. He shot him twice in the back with a British bulldog revolver, at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, after which he tried to run away, but was caught by a large group of people. Garfield was severely injured and after two months, he eventually died due to the infections caused by the wounds. Guiteau was sentenced to death for the crime, and was hanged two days before the first anniversary of the shooting. Guiteau believed that he killed the President due to his betrayal, and what he did was not murder, but ‘political necessity’. One of his other reasons for killing Garfield was that he believed the Vice President, Chester A. Arthur, should be the President.