"Politics Drives Men Crazy”: How the Nationally Unifying Assassinations Of Abraham Lincoln And James Garfield Facilitated The Public Support Of Grover Cleveland’s Increased Presidential Security
West Point Press
"Salem, Oregon’s Capital Journal asked a hard and daunting question in its evening edition on the first day of 1894: “Lincoln and Garfield were assassinated by men crazed with political excitement, and filled with the insane idea of redressing the wrongs of suffering masses. Will Cleveland meet that fate?”1 Within thirty years, politically motivated gunmen had assassinated two sitting U.S. presidents, and nobody wanted President-elect Grover Cleveland to become the third. Even though no Americans wanted such a disaster to occur again, the government made no changes to the personal protection of the president. Until Cleveland’s second presidency, few security protocols existed to protect the president from would-be threats and assassins, but then-President Grover Cleveland set about correcting that potentially dangerous mistake in order to protect himself and his family..."
Arata, Nicholas. ““Politics Drives Men Crazy”: How the Nationally Unifying Assassinations Of Abraham Lincoln And James Garfield Facilitated The Public Support Of Grover Cleveland’s Increased Presidential Security.” Report: West Point Undergraduate Historical Review. Volume 8 (2018): 5-19.