The unsettling circumstances surrounding the assassination of James A. Garfield are brought forward with this eerie pairing of signatures. Offered are items signed by 20th U.S. President Garfield and his reportedly disturbed assassin Charles Guiteau. Detailed description on our website.
Prematurely cut short at eight months, Garfield’s tenure as president is the second shortest on record. Shot twice on 7/2/1881 by the revenge motivated Guiteau, Garfield succumbed four months later to complications from the shot in the back that penetrated deeply and was treated in unsterilized fashion. Guiteau was seeking payback for rejections of his job seeking attempts by Garfield and the Republican Party. He was hanged in 1882 following a sensational trial and execution proceedings through which he displayed consistent bizarre attention seeking behavior. Garfield’s (“7”) strength signature appears at top right of a free frank envelope postmarked 4/27/1864 during his first of nine terms as a Congressman. This Civil War Era relic is in solid and appealing condition with a small tear at top right that affects just the end of the upper loop in the letter “d” of his last name. Guiteau’s precise (“9-10”) penning is centrally located on a 3x2 cut that presents in excellent condition. Both with individual full photo LOAs from JSA.