Garfield Assassination 119 years ago America was in shock. James Garfield became the second sitting President in less than 20 years to die from an assassin's bullet. Ironically, the inventor of the telephone had a machine that might have saved the President, but for a recent innovation in comfort, which got in the way. Historian Douglas Brinkley tells the story.

Garfield Assassination

Garfield Assassination

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119 years ago America was in shock. James Garfield became the second sitting President in less than 20 years to die from an assassin's bullet. Ironically, the inventor of the telephone had a machine that might have saved the President, but for a recent innovation in comfort, which got in the way. Historian Douglas Brinkley tells the story.