Thomas R. Gedney

Thomas R. Gedney (HM2ME3)

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N 38° 52.962', W 76° 58.661'

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Subdued America's First Presidential Assassin

— Congressional Cemetery —

On the "cold, damp" day of Friday, January 30, 1835 President Andrew Jackson and other dignitaries attended a memorial service in the Capitol Rotunda for the recently deceased South Carolina Congressman Warren R. Davis. As the crows departed at the east portico in front of the edifice, a sinister figure, hidden behind one of the huge columns, waited for Jackson to approach. When about eight feet away, Richard Lawrence, a deranged, unemployed house painter, drew a pistol and aimed at the President — it misfired! Dropping the weapon he pulled another with the same results. Naval Captain Thomas R. Gedney and Congressman Davey Crockett lunged at Lawrence, grabbing him with his arms, knocking him down "and then pinioned him." Gadney "held the assassin fast," releasing him to United States Marshall Alexander Hunter.
HM NumberHM2ME3
Placed ByHistoric Congressional Cemetery
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Date Added Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 328459 N 4305618
Decimal Degrees38.88270000, -76.97768333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 52.962', W 76° 58.661'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 52' 57.72" N, 76° 58' 39.66" W
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