• Fourth Of July Celebration Continues With Hope That Garfield Will Survive Assassination Attempt

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    JAMES GARFIELD (November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881) was the 20th president of the United States, serving from March to September 1881.  He was shot by an assassin four months into his presidency and died two months later. He is the only president to have been elected while a sitting member of the House of Representatives. Garfield opposed Confederate secession, served as a major in the Union Army and fought in the battles of Middle Creek, Shiloh and Chickamauga.  He initially agreed with Radical Republican views on Reconstruction, but later favored a moderate approach to civil rights enforcement for freedmen.


    On July 2, 1881, Charles J. Guiteau, a disappointed and delusional office seeker, shot Garfield at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington. The wound was not immediately fatal, but Garfield died on September 19, 1881.  Guiteau was executed in June 1882.


    10 1/2 x 14 Broadside dated two days after Garfield was shot and celebrating the fact that “with renewed enthusiasm because the attempt to assassinate our President has so far been unsuccessful and will, it is hoped, undoubtedly fail.” 


    The Broadside, focused on the July 4th celebration in Foxborough, possible in Massachusetts, begins with a note of optimism addressed to Citizens. “The last telegrams relative to the condition of President Garfield, received late this morning announce that he is more comfortable that at any time since he was shot. In view of this favorable news the Committee chosen to arrange for the proper CELEBRATION of the FOURTH of JULY recommend that the observance of INDEPENDENCE DAY be carried out with renewed enthusiasm because the attempt to assassinate our PRESIDENT has so far been unsuccessful and will, it is hoped, undoubtedly fail.


    “Per order of the Committee


    “Foxborough July 4th, 1881”


    Overall in very good condition with a couple of chips away from the text.  Unusual to find a broadside discussing Garfield’s condition after he was shot and looking forward to his recovery.


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