President James Garfield (Nov. 19,1831 - September 19-1881), 20th President of the United States after completing 19 consecutive terms in the House of Representatives. He served as America's president from March 4, 1881 until his murder later on that very year. He is still the only House member to be elected president. Here is an original signature, along with a signature of his assassin, Charles J. Guiteau. Guiteau was an American lawyer (Sept. 8,1841-June 30, 1882) who, frustrated by his attempt to secure an ambassadorship, assassinated President James Garfield in 1881. He learned the president was scheduled to leave Washington on July 2, 1881 at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. As he entered the waiting room, Guiteau stepped forward and pulled the trigger. President Garfield was the second of four American presidents to be assassinated. A curious historical fact is that Garfield was accompanied to the station by his Secretary of War, Robert Todd Lincoln, who was also at the Ford Theatre when his father, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, and was present in the room when President William McKinley was assassinated.