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    Charles J. Guiteau Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.75" x 10.5", Chicago, April 18, 1877, on Law Office stationery, to "DeWitt Davis". Guiteau, writing as an attorney on behalf of the Mutual Life Insurance Company, is trying to get Mr. John D. Bristol to pay $50 on a loan and $9.50 in interest. The letter has a ragged left edge, as if torn from a book. Minor foxing and overall toning, else fine.

    Charles Julius Guiteau was an American lawyer who assassinated U.S. President James A. Garfield on July 2, 1881. Guiteau obtained a law license in Chicago, based on an extremely casual bar exam. He was not successful as an attorney. He only argued one case in court, the bulk of his business being in bill collecting in which his annoying persistence was a useful characteristic. Most of his cases, however, resulted in enraged clients and judicial criticism. After shooting and mortally wounding President Garfield, Guiteau mounted the first high profile "insanity defense" in his murder trial. The defense, like Guiteau's legal career, was not successful and he was executed by hanging.


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