Destiny of the Republic - WikipediaSeptember 13, First, the killer walks away from a deadly steamship accident on Long Island Sound. The backdrop: portions of the yet-to-be-assembled Statue of Liberty on display for thousands of curious onlookers. It is a fascinating look into a period of neglected American history. Garfield served less than a year as commander in chief and is remembered as a footnote president, if at all. In that regard, it seems a safe bet the background of his months-long death spiral after the shooting is even more obscure.
Review/Commentary: “Destiny of the Republic” a timely look at an honorable president
Thank you! The Stalwarts, worshippers of Grant, defenders of the notorious spoils system, battled the Half-Breeds, reformers who took direction from Senators John Sherman and James G. The scheming, delusional Charles J. Arthur to reward him. Centennial Exhibition which Garfield attended and where both Lister and Bell presented, the deadlocked Republican Convention, the steamship explosion that almost killed Guiteau, the White House death watch—and sharply etched sketches of Blaine, the overwhelmed Arthur and larger portraits of the truly impressive Garfield and the thoroughly insane Guiteau make for compulsive reading. There was a problem adding your email address.
James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn't kill Garfield.