A Model Office-Seeker

Title

A Model Office-Seeker

Description

"The government is us. Government jobs belong to the American people, not to politicians, and should be filled only with regard to public service." - President Theodore Roosevelt

A sense of having been wronged… brought Charles Julius Guiteau to the Baltimore and Potomac Station in Washington on July 2, 1881. On that same Saturday morning, President James Abram Garfield strode into the station to catch the 9:30 A.M. limited express, which was to take him to the commencement ceremonies of his alma mater, Williams College... Within seconds of entering the station, Garfield was felled by two of Guiteau's bullets, the opening act in what would be a drama that included rising and then falling hopes for the President's recovery, the most celebrated insanity trial of the century and, finally, civil service reform that backers hoped might discourage future disappointed patronage seekers from taking revengeful actions.

Creator

Charles J. Guiteau

Date

1881

Source

Model Office-Seeker 

Excerpt. Linder, Douglas O. “The Trial of Charles Guiteau: An Account.” University of Missouri Kansas City Law School, 2007.

Rights

Library of Congress

Publisher

Library of Congress

Contributor

Charles J. Guiteau

Format

Medium: Color Lithograph

Language

English

Type

Artwork

Identifier

Profession

Coverage

Library of Congress

Files

modelofficeseeker.jpg

Reference

Charles J. Guiteau, A Model Office-Seeker, Library of Congress, 1881

Cite As

Charles J. Guiteau, “A Model Office-Seeker,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed May 17, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/39.