Procrastinate with Special Collections: The Audie Tilghman Papers

Happy Exam Week Eve! In the spirit of procrastination and putting off studying for finals, here’s a gem from the archives from an overworked, homesick student like yourself. May you feel a sense of solidarity in the fact that students have always dreaded finals.

“The entire nation weeps at the tragic death of the great and good Garfield.”

September 19, 2016 marks the 135th anniversary of James A. Garfield’s death. The 20th president of the United States died September 19, 1881 due to complications from an assassination attempt two months prior. Charles Guiteau, a lawyer and writer who was disgruntled that President Garfield had rejected his numerous job applications (including ambassadorships), shot Garfield on July 2, 1881 at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington DC. President Garfield died two months later; Guiteau was convicted of his murder and hanged on June 30, 1882.