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Site of Garfield assassination has gone umarked since 1881; historian hopes to change that

WASHINGTON — James Garfield, the 20th president of the United States, was assassinated in 1881. But unlike Ford’s Theatre, where 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was shot, the site where Garfield’s assassination began in Washington, D.C. is a mystery to most residents and visitors.

“Here we are, standing almost on the exact spot where the president was shot, and you wouldn’t know — there’s no marker here to note it,” said Ken Ackerman, historian and author of “Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield.”


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