Plotting to Kill the President: Assassination Attempts from Washington to Hoover

Plotting to Kill the President: Assassination Attempts from Washington to Hoover

Plotting to Kill the President: Assassination Attempts from Washington to Hoover

Plotting to Kill the President: Assassination Attempts from Washington to Hoover

Synopsis

Since the birth of our nation and the election of the first president, groups of organized plotters or individuals have been determined to assassinate the chief executive. From the Founding Fathers to the Great Depression, three presidents have been assassinated: Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, and William McKinley. However, unknown to the general public, almost all presidents have been threatened, put in danger, or survived "near lethal approaches" during their terms.

Plotting to Kill the President reveals the numerous, previously untold incidents when assassins, plotters, and individuals have threatened the lives of American presidents, from George Washington to Herbert Hoover. Mel Ayton has uncovered these episodes, including an attempt to assassinate President Hayes during his inauguration ceremony, an attempt to shoot Benjamin Harrison on the streets of Washington, an assassination attempt on President Roosevelt at the White House, and many other incidents that have never been reported or have been covered-up. Ayton also recounts the stories of Secret Service agents and bodyguards from each administration who put their lives in danger to protect the commander in chief.

Plotting to Kill the President demonstrates the unsettling truth that even while the nation sleeps, those who would kill the president are often hard at work devising new schemes.

Excerpt

Plotting to Kill the President is a corrective to the many history books and biographies that have ignored or overlooked numerous threats American presidents have faced; some serious enough to have placed the chief executive within a hairsbreadth of assassination. Many stories within this study have remained largely hidden from the public; some are buried in newspaper archives and others in government reports, presidential memoirs, bodyguard memoirs, Secret Service agents’ memoirs, Library of Congress records, National Archives documents, and presidential libraries.

From the time of America’s first president there have been groups of organized plotters or individuals, acting out of personal or political reasons, who have been determined to assassinate the chief executive.

During the period covered by this book, three American presidents were assassinated (Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, and William McKinley) and, according to official publications, only one other president, Andrew Jackson, survived an assassination attempt.

Plotting to Kill the President addresses these historical events but also reveals the numerous never-before-told incidents when the president’s life was put in danger, including stories of attempted stabbings, shootings, and bombings.

Unknown to the general public, most of America’s presidents have survived “near lethal approaches” in which would-be assassins have . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.