James Abram Garfield
James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881) served as the 20th President of the United States, after completing nine consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Garfield's accomplishments as President included a controversial resurgence of Presidential authority above Senatorial courtesy in executive appointments; energizing U.S. naval power; and purging corruption in the Post Office Department. Garfield made notable diplomatic and judiciary appointments, including a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Garfield appointed several African-Americans to prominent federal positions.
Garfield was raised in humble circumstances on an Ohio farm by his widowed mother ... more »
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''The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other.''James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Garfield, ch. 3, Allen Peskin (1978). Garfield at Delmonico dinner, December 28, 1871. Hopkins was ...
''I will not vote against the truths of the multiplication table.''James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. To H. Austin, February 4, 1874. Garfield, ch. 17, Allen Peskin (1978).
''The sin of slavery is one of which it may be said that without the shedding of blood there is no remission.''James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Garfield, diary, June 8, 1881. Garfield, ch. 5, Allen Peskin (1978).
''The printed lies of the government.''James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. cited in Albert Gallatin Riddle, The Life, Character, and Public Service of Jas. A. Garfield (1880). Ga...
[It is possible] that the race of red men ... will, before many generations, be remembered only as a strange, weird, dream-like specter, which has passed once before the eyes of men, but had departed ...James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. To J.D. Cox, August 6, 1870. Garfield, ch. 14, Allen Peskin (1978).