Three Presidents, One Year
A Time Line of Events
Rutherford B. Hayes is a lame duck president, waiting for the end of his term.
James A. Garfield is inaugurated as the 20th president.
After only four months as president, Garfield is shot in a Washington, DC train station.
Alexander Graham Bell attempts to locate the bullet with his metal detector.
President Garfield dies after an eighty-day fight to survive. Chester A. Arthur is sworn in as the 21st president.
One Eventful Year
The events of 1881 remind us that we can persist through times of uncertainty, and perhaps we can learn a thing or two from studying the past.
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