I posed a question
to readers on Twitter whether a bit about Garfield's assassin, Charles Guiteau
, would be of interest and a couple of folks chimed in. So, I think this will be a good one for the next "Reader's Choice." There is also a great book
out now by Candice Millard
called "Destiny of the Republic" that discusses the events surrounding the assassination -- and subsequent poor medical treatment -- of President Garfield. If you enjoy this post, you should check it out.
Anyone that took American history in high school knows that Charles Guiteau shot President Garfield -- if they were history nerds, they'd remember it happened at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, at 6th and B St. NW (B is now Constitution). But, you're probably interested in his time here in Washington. Where did he sleep? Where did he eat? And who did he interact with?
By the end of this post you should have a little better understanding of Charles Guiteau was and learn a little about his time in Washington.