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James A.Garfield Died Here Monument.

President Garfield Died Here

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Long Branch, New Jersey

After President James Garfield was shot by an assassin in 1881, he lived for over 80 days -- so long that his doctors moved him by train to a beach cottage on the Jersey Shore, hoping that the sea air would revive him. It didn't; the late summer weather was unusually hot, and the President died. The cottage was torn down, and the spot was neglected until the 1950s, when an eight-year-old named Bruce Frankel lobbied to have a small granite slab placed at the site. It still stands, but the rest of the property is now occupied by someone's garage.

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President Garfield Died Here

Garfield Rd, Long Branch, NJ
From Ocean Ave. turn oceanward onto tiny Garfield Rd. It bends sharply to the left, and that's when you'll see the marker ahead on the right.
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