President James A. Garfield - Inventory Number: POL 051
Outstanding grouping of items for James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, who was assassinated at 9:30 am on July 2, 1881, less than four months into his term as President. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, D.C., and died in Elberon, New Jersey on September 19, 1881. Guiteau's motive was revenge against Garfield for an imagined political debt. Garfield was the second of four Presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln and preceding William McKinley and John F. Kennedy. His Vice President, Chester A. Arthur, succeeded Garfield as President.
Grouping includes the following:
* Brass plaque with inscription: "Mess Knives Used by James A. Garfield at Middle Creek, Shiloh and Chickamauga During the War of Rebellion"
* A CDV of Garfield Ca. 1880, Captioned "General Garfield"
* A pair of bone handled knives with makers markings: Pratt, Ropes, Webb & Co. American Cutlery / John Coe & Company Cut Well Sheffield"
* Medal depicting James A. Garfield (1881), 20th President of the United States. Medal is signed by C.E. barber and features the Wreathed Reverse commemorating his inauguration, assassination, and death.
* Bronze Medal with likeness of President Garfield Statue and Memorial in Cleveland.
Inventory Number: POL 051