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A Complete List of US Presidents who have been Assassinated

These days, assassination of politicians has become a very common sight. Over the last couple of decades, we have seen many American presidents who were assassinated in the office. Since the year 1865, several attempts have been made on the lives of US presidents. 1 out of every 5 president has been killed since that point.

Continue reading further to learn the names of all the American presidents who have been assassinated while serving as the POTUS (President of the United States) up until this moment.

Who were the US presidents assassinated in office?

1. Abraham Lincoln (1865)

Abraham Lincoln served as the 16th president of the United States. He was killed by John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor and Confederate enthusiast in the year 1865. Lincoln’s tragic assassination took place at 10:45 a.m. on April 14, 1865. It saw the light of day at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. just a couple of days after the Civil War came to an end.

As per a report by Wion, Booth shot Abraham right in the head before getting on the stage of Ford Theatre. At that time, he shouted, “Sic Semper Tyrranis” which is a Latin phrase meaning “thus always to tyrants.” Lincoln died at the age of 56.

2. James A. Garfield (1881)

James Abram Garfield, a lawyer and Civil War general was the 20th president of the United States. He served as the POTUS from March 1881 until his assassination in September 1881. His tenure was cut short by Charles J. Guiteau, a livid office seeker.

It has been reported that Charles stalked James for many days before killing him in the Baltimore and Potomac railway station in Washington D.C. James was shot not once but twice by Guiteau. The first shot hit him in the arm and the second shot hit his back. He passed away at the age of 49.

3. William McKinley (1901)

For the unversed, William McKinley was the 25th president of the United States. He served as the POTUS from 1897 until his assassination in 1901. McKinley met a similar tragic end when he tried to do a handshake at the Pan-American exhibition in Buffalo, New York.

A man in the crowd named Leon Czolgosz shot McKinley twice in the chest. He even tried to shoot William for the third time but a bodyguard tackled him to the ground. McKinley took his last breaths on September 14, 1901, at 2:15 a.m. At the time of his passing, he was 58 years old.

4. John F. Kennedy (1963)

John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was tragically assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on November 22, 1963. Up until this moment, the assassination of John whose nickname was Jack continues to be one of the most talked about events in history.

Lee Harvey Oswald fired a bullet at John from a window in the Texas School Bank Depository Building while the American politician was riding in a car through downtown Dallas. He tragically died at the age of 46.

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Meenal Mehta
Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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