James A. Garfield (1831 – 1881)

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Life in Brief: James A. Garfield is remembered as one of the four "lost Presidents" who served rather uneventfully after the Civil War. Of the four lost Presidents—Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, and Harrison—Garfield is best remembered for his dramatic assa… more life in brief »

Essays about James A. Garfield

About His Administration

First Lady
Lucretia Garfield
Vice President
Chester Arthur (1881)
Secretary of State
James G. Blaine (1881)
Secretary of the Interior
Samuel J. Kirkwood (1881)
Attorney General
Isaac Wayne MacVeagh (1881)
Postmaster General
Thomas L. James (1881)
Secretary of the Treasury
William Windom (1881)
Secretary of the Navy
William H. Hunt (1881)
Secretary of War
Robert Todd Lincoln (1881)

Facts about James A. Garfield

Term
:
20th President of the United States (1881 – 1881)
Born
:
November 19, 1831, Orange Township, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Political Party
:
Republican
Died
:
September 19, 1881
Nickname
:
None
Education
:
Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (now Hiram College), Williams College (graduated 1856)
Religion
:
Disciples of Christ
Marriage
:
November 11, 1858, to Lucretia Rudolph (1832–1918)
Children
:
Eliza A. (1860–1863), Harry A. (1863–1942), James R. (1865–1950), Mary (1867–1947), Irvin M. (1870–1951), Abram (1872–1958), Edward (1874–1876)
Career
:
Teacher, Public Official
Buried
:
Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio
Writings

Diary, 1848–1874 (2 vols., 1967), ed. by H. J. Brown and F. D. Williams


Citation Information

Consulting Editor

Justus Doenecke

Professor Doenecke is a professor emeritus of history at the New College of Florida. His writings include:

The Presidencies of James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur (University Press of Kansas, 1981)

Debating Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Foreign Policies, 1933–1945 (With Mark S. Stoler, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005)

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