The President of the United States is a powerful position, but also one that requires much security.
In American History there have been Four Assassinated Presidents. One of which was seen on live television.
Each assassination caught the nation by surprise and caused the nation to mourn.
Here is a list of the four Assassinated Presidents:
1. Abraham Lincoln Assassination
Abraham Lincoln was the first president in United States History to be assassinated.
After the Civil War had been decided, Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln attended Ford’s Theatre. While watching the play a Confederate sympathizer managed to get behind the president in the loft he was watching the play from.
John Wilkes Booth put the gun to the back of the head of Abraham Lincoln and pulled the trigger. Lincoln would die the next day and the nation would mourn his loss.
2. James Garfield Assassination
President James A. Garfield was assassinated on July 2, 1881 by Charles J. Guiteau at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington D. C.
President Garfield had just been elected and was only a few months into his term.
Guiteau was thought to be insane by his family and had fabricated an entire situation in which he believed that Garfield had betrayed him. He shot the president from behind twice and one bullet was lodged in him.
Ironically, the bullet did not kill Garfield it was the treatment. During the next couple months he would seem to improve but eventually an infection set in. The infection killed him.
3. William McKinley Assassination
United States president William McKinley was shot on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, New York, on September 6, 1901.
He was shaking hands with the public when anarchist Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen. McKinley died on September 14 of gangrene caused by the wounds.
He was the third American president to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and James A. Garfield in 1881.
4. John F. Kennedy Assassination
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated on November 22, 1963, at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time in Dallas, Texas, while riding in a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza.
Kennedy was riding with his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally’s wife Nellie when he was fatally shot by former U.S. Marine Lee Harvey Oswald firing in ambush from a nearby building. Governor Connally was seriously wounded in the attack.
The motorcade rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital where President Kennedy was pronounced dead about 30 minutes after the shooting; Connally recovered.