List of Assassinated U.S. American Presidents

John F. Kennedy

Throughout history, the President of the United States has been one of the most sought-after targets for assassination in the world. With the heightened state of terrorism and tense foreign relations, many politicians are under constant threat of being assassinated.

Most attempts to kill the President fail all together, mostly due to the protective work of the United States Secret Service, who is responsible for protecting the President and the first family 24 hours a day, seven days a week and three hundred and sixty five days a year.

There have been 13 failed attempts to assassinate the U.S. President:

  • Andrew Jackson
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Harry S. Truman
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Richard Nixon
  • Gerald Ford
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
  • George H. W. Bush
  • Bill Clinton
  • George W. Bush

Only four presidential assassinations have been successful. The Presidents who were killed while serving in office include:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • James A. Garfield – Shot by assassin Charles J. Guiteau on July 2, 188
  • William McKinley – Killed September 1901
  • John F. Kennedy – JFK was assassinated in Dallas Texas on November 22, 1963.


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