James Abram Garfield

(1831-1881 / Moreland Hills, Ohio)

James Abram Garfield Quotes

  • ''[This] atheistic [movement] must logically result in the utter annihilation of the family.''
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Garfield diary, June 8, 1881. Garfield, footnotes, ch. 16, Allen Peskin (1978).
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  • ''Nobody but radicals have ever accomplished anything in a great crisis.''
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. To B.A. Hinsdale, January 1, 1867. Garfield, ch. 13, Allen Peskin (1978).
  • ''It is no part of the functions of the National Government to find employment for the people, and if we were to appropriate a hundred millions for his purpose, we should only be taxing 40 millions of people to keep a few thousand employed.''
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. To B.A. Hinsdale, January 2, 1874. Garfield, ch. 17, Allen Peskin (1978).
  • ''There can be no permanent disfranchised peasantry in the United States.''
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Inaugural address, March 4, 1881. The Presidencies of James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, ch. 3, Justus D. Doenecke (1981). Referring to Southern attempts to keep African-Americans from voting.
  • ''The American people have done much for the locomotive, and the locomotive has done much for them.''
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Ascribed to Garfield by Nation 31, p. 258 (1880). The Presidencies of James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, ch. 2, Justus D. Doenecke (1981).

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