WHO HE WAS:
Charles Guiteau was a disturbed individual who infamously assassinated President James A. Garfield. His actions shocked the nation and led to discussions about mental health, political violence, and the security of public figures.
WHAT HE SAID:
Reflecting on his motivations, Guiteau proclaimed:
“I am a Stalwart and Arthur will be President. The President's death was a political necessity."
WHY HE MATTERED:
Charles Guiteau's assassination of President Garfield underscored the importance of presidential security and the consequences of unchecked political extremism. His tragic act sparked debates about the influence of mental illness on criminal behavior.