Sunday, July 2, 2017

July 2, 1881 – Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds President James Garfield at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, D.C.

Garfield would die of complications from his wounds on September 19.

The Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Station stood at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. A plaque was erected in the station to mark the spot where Garfield was shot. When the station was torn down in 1907, the plaque went missing and has never been recovered.

Today, the National Gallery of Art's West Building exists at that location. There is nothing there to note the fact that this is the spot where Garfield was shot.

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