JAMES A. GARFIELD (November 19, 1831- September 19, 1881) was the 20th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1881, until his assassination later that year. Garfield served nine terms in the House of Representatives, and had been elected to the Senate before his candidacy for the White House. At the 1880 Republican National Convention, Senator-elect Garfield attended as a campaign manager for Secretary of the Treasury John Sherman and gave the presidential nomination speech for him. Delegates chose Garfield when neither Sherman nor his rivals, Ulysses S. Grant and James G. Blaine, could get enough votes to secure the nomination.
On July 2, 1881, Garfield was shot at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, DC, by Charles J. Guiteau, a lawyer and a writer with a grievance. Garfield was convicted of the murder and was executed in June 1882.
Offering a Free Franked mailing envelope addressed to B.A. Hinsdale of Salem, Ohio, along with a cdv of Garfield, with a back stamp of N.W. Appleton, Tourists’ Views, 7 School Street, Boston.
Light soiling to both the envelope and the cdv. One small tear through the top of the “J” in Garfield’s name, but easy to frame.
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