American Presidents

James A.Garfield
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Did You Know?

He entertained friends by writing Latin with one hand and Greek with the other.
He was the last president born in a log cabin.
He was considered a great orator.
On September 19, 1881, after only serving a few months in office, he became the second president to be assassinated.


Key Events in the Administration

James A. Garfield
(November 19, 1831 - September 19, 1881)

Life Facts

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First Lady: Lucretia "Crete" Rudolph, Wife
Wife's Maiden Name: Lucretia "Crete" Garfield
Number of Children: 7
Education Level: College
School Attended: Eclectic Institute, Williams College
Religion: Disciples of Christ
Profession: Military, Instructor, President of the Eclectic Institute, Lawyer
Military Service: Major General

Public Service:
Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1881 - 9/19/1881
Presidency Number: 20
Number of Terms: 1
Why Presidency Ended: Assassination
Party: Republican
His Vice President(s): Chester A. Arthur
House of Representatives: Ohio (1863-1880)
State Legislative Service: OH (1859-1861)
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: James A. Garfield Birthplace
Gravesite: Lake View Cemetery
Home: James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Other Sites: James A. Garfield Monument

Reference Material

Inaugural Address
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James A. Garfield Life Portrait: From James A. Garfield National Historic Site - Mentor, OH
 Guests included: Dr. Allan Peskin, professor, Cleveland State University; and Dr. John Shaw, professor emeritus, Hiram College Watch | Order Videotape
Bill Garrison on the Garfield Monument Watch

  John Sellers of the Library of Congress on Garfield's papers Watch

  1995 Washington Journal on President Garfield Watch    

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