Today in History, September 19, 1881:
20th President James A. Garfield had been shot by an assassin on July 2. The assassin was a disgruntled man who thought he’d been owed a job in Garfield’s administration.
Doctors including Alexander Graham Bell (a friend) did everything they could to save the President, and he lingered until today’s date before succumbing to his wounds.
He only served as President for four months before being shot down, so the nation will never know what his potential may have been.
And if Garfield had lived, and served one or even two terms, how would it have affected the fortunes of his successors?