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Andrew Jackson- Jan 30 1835


This was the first attempt at a presidential assassination. The unemployed house painter Richard Lawrence ran up to the 65 year old president outside of the Capitol Building. Lawrence shot but the gun misfired, giving Jackson the opportunity to repeatedly club his attacker with a cane. Like I said before, don’t eff with Andrew Jackson.


Theodore Roosevelt- Oct 19 1912


Arguably the manliest president of all time, Teddy was campaigning in Milwaukee when a saloon keeper, John Schrank, shot a .32 caliber bullet towards Roosevelt’s heart. Luckily the president had a glasses case and the manuscript of his speech in his coat pocket, which slowed the bullet enough to make little impact. Schrank was arrested, and Roosevelt went on to give a campaign speech before removing the bullet.


FDR- Feb 15 1933


After giving a speech in Miami a brick layer named Giuseppe Zangara shot at the president from the back of his car. He shot six rounds all of which missed FDR, but still caused wounds to other people in the car, including the mayor of Chicago who had a mortal stomach injury. When the citizens around saw this they tackled the man to the ground and would have beaten him to death if Roosevelt had not intervened, pleading with them to let the man face justice by the authorities.


Ronald Regan- Mar 30 1981


A man named John Hinckley decided that if he assassinated the president, the actress Jodie Foster would fall in love with him. The day after Regan went to see the Fords Theater (the place where Lincoln was shot) Hinckley was ready. He fired six bullets, the first hitting the white house press secretary, the second and fourth bullets hit a police officer and secret service agent who were protecting the president. A man named James Parr shoved the president into a limo just as a sixth shot was fired. It hit Regan in the side after ricocheting off the side of the vehicle. The push saved the president from that shot hitting him in the head. Some nearby citizens tackled Hinckley to the ground and he was arrested. The secret service rushed Regan to a hospital, and although they requested a stretcher, Regan walked into the ER unassisted.



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Sources


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Lawrence_(failed_assassin) http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/andrew-jackson-narrowly-escapes-assassination http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/theodore-roosevelt-shot-in-milwaukee http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Zangara http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fdr-escapes-assassination-in-miami http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attempted_assassination_of_Ronald_Reagan