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Political assassinations have been happening in the United States almost since the country was born. Including the Jan. 8 assassination of U.S. Federal Judge John Roll during a political event held at a Tucson, Ariz. during which Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was critically injured 34 U.S. public officials in total have been assassinated since the country's inception. Here is the list:

Assassinated American Politicians

Solomon P. Sharp (1825) Kentucky Attorney General, Kentucky State Senator-elect
Charles Bent (1847) Governor of New Mexico Territory
James Strang (1856) Michigan State Representative
Abraham Lincoln (1865) President of the United States
John P. Slough (1867) Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court
Thomas C. Hindman (1868) Ex-congressman from Arkansas
James M. Hinds (1868) Congressman from Arkansas
Edward Dexter Holbrook (1870) Ex-delegate to the United States House of Representatives from Idaho Territory
James A. Garfield (1881) President of the United States
John M. Clayton (1889) Congressman-elect from Arkansas
Carter Harrison Sr. (1893) Mayor of Chicago
William Goebel (1900) Governor of Kentucky
William McKinley (1901) President of the United States
Frank Steunenberg (1905) Ex-governor of Idaho
Anton Cermak (1933) Mayor of Chicago
Huey Long (1935) United States Senator from Louisiana
Albert Patterson (1954) Alabama Attorney General-elect
John F. Kennedy (1963) President of the United States
George Lincoln Rockwell (1967) Fringe candidate for Governor of Virginia and founder of the American Nazi Party
Robert F. Kennedy (1968) United States Senator and leading presidential candidate from New York
Harvey Milk (1978) San Francisco City Supervisor
George Moscone (1978) Mayor of San Francisco
Leo Ryan (1978) Congressman from California
Jr., John H. Wood (1979) U.S. federal judge
Allard Lowenstein (1980) Ex-congressman from New York
Russell G. Lloyd Sr. (1980) Ex-mayor of Evansville, Ind.
Ed King (1986) Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Robert Smith Vance (1989) U.S. federal judge
Tommy Burks (1998) Tennessee State Senator
Derwin Brown (2000) Sheriff-elect of DeKalb County, Ga.
James E. Davis (2003) New York City Councilman
Bill Gwatney (2008) Chairman of Arkansas Democratic Party
John Thornton (2010) Mayor of Washington Park, Ill.
John Roll (2011) U.S. Federal Judge

Attempted Assassinations of United States Presidents

Andrew Jackson (1835)
Abraham Lincoln (1864)
Theodore Roosevelt (1912)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933)
Harry S. Truman (1950)
John F. Kennedy (1960)
Richard Nixon (1974)
Gerald Ford (Twice in 1975)
Ronald Reagan (1981)
George H. W. Bush (1993 thwarted mid-attempt)
Bill Clinton (Twice in 1994, 2006)
George W. Bush (Twice in 2001, 2005, 2008 - 2001 and 2008 attempts foiled mid-attempt)
Barack Obama (2008 attempt thwarted at plotting stage)

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