Being the president is a dangerous job and assassination attempts on U.S. presidents are not uncommon. Presidents assassinated while in office include Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, and John F. Kennedy. But did you know that presidents like Bill Clinton, Gorge W. Bush, and even Barrack Obama have faced assassination attempts as well? Take a look at these 25 Assassination Attempts On US Presidents You Might Not Know About.
Andrew Jackson (1835)
Let’s start with one of the earliest recorded failed assassination attempts on an American President. It was on January 30, 1835, that a painter named Richard Lawrence attempted to shoot Jackson with a pistol. It misfired and Andrew began to beat his would-be assassin with his cane. Richard pulled out another pistol but it misfired as well and he was hauled away by security.
Abraham Lincoln (1861)
You may not have realized that prior to being assassinated, there were at least two other attempts on Lincoln’s life. The first was on February 23, 1861. Known as the Baltimore Plot, this was a plan to assassinate Lincoln en route to his inauguration. There is still some debate as to how real the threat was, but either way, Lincoln’s security team did a good job ensuring his safety by sneaking him into Washington at night.
Abraham Lincoln (1864)
As Lincoln was out riding his horse one August evening a rifle shot just barely missed his head but went through his hat.
William Howard Taft (1909)
On October 16, when Taft was meeting Mexican president Porfirio Diaz on the border of the two countries, Texas Rangers captured and disarmed a would-be assassin only several feet from the two presidents.
Theodore Roosevelt (1912)
While running to be re-elected, Roosevelt was shot in the chest during a speech by John Schrank, a saloon keeper from New York. The case for his glasses that he kept in his breast pocket slowed the bullet down although it still lodged between his ribs. He went on to finish his speech before going to the hospital. Theodore Roosevelt is one of a handful of presidents who were shot and survived.