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James Garfield

Source: The Library of Congress

The youngest of five children, James Garfield was perhaps the poorest man ever to have become President. Supporting himself as a part-time teacher, a carpenter, and even a janitor through college, he was an idealistic young man who identified with the antislavery tenants of the new Republican Party. He studied law and passed the Ohio bar exams in 1861 before joining the Union Army. 

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