James Adram Garfield
Served 1881 (wounded by a gunman, died in office 10 weeks later)

James Abram Garfield was born November 19, 1831, in a log cabin in Orange, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the last President born in a log cabin.

Next PageGarfield was a teacher before entering politics. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and chess. He married Lucretia Rudolph on November 11, 1858, and together, they had seven children. Like President Rutherford Hayes, he was relatively unknown — another “dark horse” candidate — before the Republican Party nominated him for President and Chester A. Arthur for Vice President.

On July 2, 1881, Garfield was boarding a train at Union Station in Washington D.C. when he was shot in the abdomen by Charles J. Guiteau, who was angry because he did not get a government job that he thought he deserved. The wound spread into peritonitis, and Garfield died September 19, 1881.

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  1. Claire Mclean
    November 17, 2013

    The Presidential Museums website is launched today, November 18th, and we are notifying as many people as we can to come on board and join the celebration. It is an important part of this web site to institute the CALENDAR feature and to keep it up to date with the direct input and co-operation of each Presidential Museum and Library starting with our dear “friend” and number 31 President of the United States, Herbert Hoover. We will be in touch with the Museums, asking for their help, this week so be on the look out for our call.
    This feature along with the monthly Calendar will also, we anticipate, act as a round robin and a chatter box about not just the Obama presidency, while we admit there is a lot to chat about there, but also involve all the presidencies. Join in on the trivia, gossip, chatter and “twitter” will help make us all learned historians, so come on aboard and be our guest.
    Claire McLean,
    Founder and CEO


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