Assassinations in US Politics




Apart from being public figures of immense charisma, Abraham Lincoln James Garfield, William McKinley and John F. Kennedy have a lot more in common.

Anybody with even the slightest knowledge of the political history of United States would not require more than a split second to figure out that the reference here is to the fact that all four of these political masters were assassinated while serving their terms in office.

April 14, 1865 will forever be marked with black ink in the repositories of the political progress of U.S. John Wilkes Booth single handedly shook the world by shooting President Abraham Lincoln who had come to the Ford’s Theatre of Washington DC for watching the play titled ‘Our American Cousin.’ In what turned out to be an unforgettable day, John Wilkes escaped from the scene of assassination and left Abraham Lincoln fighting for his life, before succumbing to the attack in morning the next day. James Garfield too followed a similar fate as he was shot twice while he was heading over to Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on July 2, 1881 for a class reunion. Charles J. Guiteau, the assassin, was arrested on the crime scene and was hung after a lengthy trial in 1882, despite the attempts of his lawyer to prove that Guiteau was insane.

September 6, 1901 marked another forgettable day on history as an anarchist named Leon F. Czolgosz shot William McKinley while he was in the middle of a reception ceremony in Buffalo, New York. Around 16 years later, history repeated itself as John F. Kennedy was put to death by Lee Harvey Oswald while the president was on his way to the Dallas Trade Mart, where he was to deliver a lunchtime speech. The nation plunged in an ocean of gloom as John F. Kennedy was a much revered and admired figure all over the world and not just in United States.