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Charles J. Guiteau Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.2 G94

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1877-1881, of Charles J. Guiteau, including letters written from prison; a pamphlet written by Guiteau entitled A Reply to Recent Attacks on the Bible, 1878 given by Guiteau to Mrs. L.P. Scoville; letter, 18 November 1881, from Dr. C.B. Stemen to Guiteau's lawyer, Leigh Robinson, concerning an examination of Guiteau prior to the assassination of President James Garfield; and a photograph, 1881, of Guiteau.


  • Creation: 1877-1881


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Biographical Information:

Born in Freeport, Illinois, Charles J. Guiteau was connected with the Oneida Community but later sued them. He was admitted to the Bar of Illinois but mostly worked as a bill collector. He was interested in law, theology and politics. He assassinated President James Garfield for which crime he was hanged in 1882.


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Acquisition Information:

Gift of Mrs. Maria G. Venn, of Washington D.C., November 1931.

Processing Information:

Box and folder list compiled by Zoe Weinstein, SCRC staff, in October 2011.

Guide to the Charles J. Guiteau Papers
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository