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Presidential Anomalies There has been a very unusual historical occurrence involving the presidency since the early 19th Century Every candidate that had run for the office of President of the United States in an election year at the beginning of a decade has either been assassinated died or had been shot while in office This historical anomaly is very peculiar going into the election of 2000 and should perhaps give the respective candidates pause Starting with the election of 1840 candidate General William Henry Harrison was easily elected as the celebrated military hero of the most recent Indian Wars The hero over the Indians at the battle of Tippencanoe became president and John Tyler became vice president During his inauguration ceremony the weather was cold and rainy The new President contracted pneumonia and died only one month into his term In 1860 candidate Abraham Lincoln was elected President and had to preside over Americas greatest crisis He was reelected in 1864 and saw the Civil War come to a successful conclusion At his second inaugural address Lincoln said with malice toward none with charity for all with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right let us strive on to finish the work we are in bind up the nations wounds Shortly after the wars end a fanatical Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth assassinated him In 1880 Ohio Congressman James A Garfield won the election despite a very slim lead in popular votes however won easily in electoral votes He was in office less than four months when President Garfield was fatally shot by a disappointed office seeker His Vice President Chester A Arthur succeeded him In 1900 the Republicans re-nominated William McKinley who was given credit for the economic prosperity and pledged to maintain the full dinner pail During his presidency the United States had embarked on an imperialist policy after the Spanish-American War
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