Sudden Death of a President | The Secret Service
Abraham Lincoln | John F. Kennedy | Andrew Jackson | James A. Garfield | Theodore Roosevelt | Franklin D. Roosevelt 

Music such as this "Funeral March" for James A. Garfield enabled Americans to express their grief over his death.

"A president has to expect those things."

--Harry S. Truman, shortly after the attack on his life in 1950

In a democracy that demands access to and accountability from its elected leaders, presidents are vulnerable. There have been eleven attempts to kill the president of the United States. Four presidents have died at the hands of an assassin.

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