Monday, February 21, 2011

Garfield the President

I don't really have a favorite President.  I like Lincoln and FDR.  I'm more interested in things completely unrelated to the person being president.  Take James A. Garfield who was assassinated on July 2, 1881 by Charles Guiteau.  One of the bullets lodged in Garfield's spine and was unable to be located.  It is surmised that Garfield may have survived had his doctors been a bit more capable.  One doctor even inserted his unsterilized finger into Garfield's wound and punctured his liver.  Garfield died September 19, 1881 after only 200 in office.  Guiteau used an insanity defense and proclaimed that while he did shoot the President, his doctors had been the ones to kill him.  Guiteau was hanged on June 30, 1882.

As for my favorite money, I prefer the twenty dollar bill and the fifty cent piece.