James Abram Garfield

(1831-1881 / Moreland Hills, Ohio)

James Abram Garfield
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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).
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