A U.S. President died at the Jersey Shore but small marker is all that’s left to remember it

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“James A. Garfield is dead,” the Red Bank Register reported on Sept. 21, 1881, one of the many newspapers that delivered the sad news telegraphed from the Jersey Shore town of Long Branch that yet another U.S. president had died by an assassin’s bullet. News that the 20th President of the United States had finally succumbed to the bullets fired by assassin Charles J. Guiteau at a Washington, D.C. train station six months before traveled around the world from Garfield’s deathbed at the Francklyn Cottage in Elberon, the ultra-wealthy section of Long Branch. The cool salt air at the Jersey Shore …

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