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James Garfield Lives!

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James Garfield was the 20th president of the United States. He is mostly remembered for his death at the hands of incompetent doctors and physicians. This timeline will try to illustrate what might have happened if Garfield had survived the attempt on his life and served a full term in office.

The Day of the assassination

On July 2nd, 1881, President James Garfield entered a D.C. railroad station with Secretary of State James Blaine. He was to attend a reunion at Williams and then join his wife for a vacation. As Garfield entered the waiting room, a lone man approached him from behind. The man was Charles Guiteau, an insane and disgruntled office seeker who had been denied a government job. Guiteau quickly drew a revolver from his pocket and fired at the president. The bullet only grazed his right arm. The startled president raised his arms and shouted "My God, what is this?" Secretary Blaine turned towards the source of the gunfire, he saw Guiteau preparing to fire again. Thinking quickly, Blaine lunged at the gunman, knocking the gun out of his hand. He, Garfield, and several nearby police officers subdued him. As Guiteau was carried away, he shouted "I am a Stalwart of the Stalwarts and I want to be arrested!" Doctors quickly converged on Garfield, who said he was merely grazed. Soon, order was restored and Garfield was put on his train with a police escort.

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