The Dark Horse by Kenneth D. Ackerman
The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield

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James Garfield’s 1880 dark horse nomination for president after the longest-ever Republican convention (36 ballots), his victory in the closest-ever presidential popular vote, his struggle against feuding factions once elected, and its climax of violence, all produced one of the most dramatic presidential odysseys of the Gilded Age. The era’s decency is seen contrasted against sharp partisanship, hauntingly familiar to modern America. But in this case, it ended in the pistol shots of assassin Charles Guiteau.

About Kenneth D. Ackerman

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Kenneth D. Ackerman is the author of Boss Tweed: the Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York, a biography of the infamous Tammany Hall strongman; Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of James A. Garfield; and The Gold Ring: Wall Street's Swindle of the Century and Its Most Scandalous Crash--Black Friday, 1869. He has served for more than twenty-five years in senior posts on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch and currently practices law in Washington, DC.
Published January 12, 2012 by Viral History Press LLC. 498 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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