Presidential Assassinations, Attempts, and Security Measures

President Date Location/Address Outcome
Abraham Lincoln April 14, 1865 Ford's Theatre, 511 10th Street NW
Washington, DC
Lincoln was shot as he was watching a play. He died April 15, 1865 at the Petersen House in Washington of his wounds.
James Garfield July 2, 1881 Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Southwest Corner of Constitution Avenue and 6th Street NW
Washington, DC
Garfield was shot from behind as he was walking through the station. As a result of failed attempts to locate the bullet which caused infections and blood poisoning he died September 19, 1881 at Elberon, New Jersey.
William McKinley Sept. 6, 1901 Pan-American Exposition, Temple of Music, along Fordham Drive, between Lincoln Parkway and Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York
McKinley was shot at close range as he was greeting the public. He died on September 14, 1901 in Buffalo from gangrene caused by the bullet wounds.
John F. Kennedy Nov. 22, 1963 411 Elm Street, Dealey Plaza
Dallas, Texas
Kennedy was struck by gunshots while riding in a motorcade through downtown Dallas. He was pronounced dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas shortly after the shooting.

Information and Resources about the Four Presidential Assassinations

Assassination Attempts

  • Presidential Assassination attempts
  • Andrew Jackson (1835)
  • Theodore Roosevelt (1912) (as a Presidential candidate and former President)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933) (as President-elect)
  • Harry S Truman (1950)
  • The Truman Assassination Attempt in the American Consciousness: A Thesis
  • Gerald Ford (1975)
  • Ronald Reagan (1981)
  • Characters in Reagan assassination attempt
  • FBI Records relating to the Reagan assassination attempt
  • Security Measures

  • White House security
  • Protective Role of the Secret Service
  • Protective Operations of the Secret Service
  • Photographs of Secret Service work during Presidential Inaugural Events
  • History of the Secret Service