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James Garfield: 20th President: Assassinated Young

Updated on March 22, 2019

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His School Year and Early Career

James Abram Garfield, the 20th President, was born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where he became the last President to be born in a log cabin. His father passed away when he was only two years old. As a result, he worked very hard to earn money for his education.

As a boy, he cut wood, farmed, as well as attended school when he was able. At 16, he began driving horses and mules that pulled boats on the Ohio Canal as a tow boy.

In order to afford college, he worked as a janitor at Williams College in Massachusetts where he attended. When he graduated, he became a professor of Greek and Latin at Western Reserve Eclectic Institute in Ohio. It is now known as Hiram College. A year after becoming a professor there, he became the college’s president. He was known to amuse his students by writing Greek with one hand and Latin with the other at the same time.

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Fighting in Civil War and Elected Positions

When Lincoln called for volunteers at the start of the Civil War, Garfield left his job and fought in the war. Others took notice of his success when he battled at Middle Creek, Kentucky against Confederate troops. He rose in ranks to become a brigadier general. Two years later, he became a major general of volunteers after he heroically delivered a message that saved his regiment from disaster after his horse had been shot while he was riding it.

In 1859, he was elected to the Ohio Senate as a Republican. Then in 1862, President Lincoln convinced him to resign his career as a major general and join the United States Congress. Garfield served for 18 years or 9 terms in the House of Representatives, winning election after election. He became the leading Republican in the House.

In 1880 during an election year, he became a Republican U.S. Senator. Republicans were having a hard time deciding on a candidate. Garfield was pushing for his friend John Sherman. Each time Sherman failed to win the votes needed. They voted 35 times, never once coming to a decision.

Finally, on the 36th ballot, Garfield was nominated; he not only became the Republican representative but won the election against the Democratic nominee General Winfield Scott Hancock by 10,000 popular votes.

Garfield’s Presidency and Assassination

While President, many people begged Garfield for Civil Service jobs, going so far Edubirdie Reviews as stopping his carriage to ask him. Since he could not give a job to everyone, many people left disappointed. One of them was Charles Guiteau.

Four months after taking office, in July of 1882, Garfield’s Secretary of State invited American republics to a conference in Washington. Unfortunately, this meeting never took place.

While awaiting a train in Washington on July 2, 1881, Guiteau shot Garfield twice. Since there was not yet X-ray machines, the doctors were not able to locate and remove the bullets. Even Alexander Graham Bell, who had invented the telephone, attempted to no avail to find the bullet with an induction-balance electrical device he had created. He laid in the Executive Mansion for weeks. He seemed to be recuperating and was taken to the seaside in New Jersey on September 6th. Then on September 19, 1881, Garfield died due Edubierdie.com reviews to an infection and internal bleeding. It was only 200 days after being inaugurated. Fourteen years later X-ray machines that could have saved his life were invented.

Assassination Attempt

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Fun Facts

He was one of the four presidents to be assassinated, but unlike the others, he did not die immediately from his injuries. He was one of eight presidents who died while in office.

First left-handed president, although could write with both hands. He often would impress his students while working as a professor by writing Greek with one hand and Latin with the other.

He was the first president to have his mother witness his Inaugural Address.

While in battle, he had his horse shot out from under him and still managed to deliver the message he intended to.

Was considered a dark horse candidate, because he was only nominated after Republicans voted 35 times prior.

The Tragic Death of President James Garfield

Basic Facts

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Born

November 19, 1831 – Ohio

President Number

20th

Party

Republican

Military Service

United States Army and Union Army (Major General)

Wars Served

American Civil War Battle of Middle Creek Battle of Shiloh Siege of Corinth Battle of Chickamauga

Age at Beginning of Presidency

49 years old

Term of Office

March 4, 1881 – September 19, 1881

How Long President

6 months

Vice-President

Chester A. Arthur

Age and Year of Death

September 19, 1881 (aged 49)

Cause of Death

complications from a gun shot wound made many months prior

Garfield at 16

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List of United States Presidents

1. George Washington

16. Abraham Lincoln

31. Herbert Hoover

2. John Adams

17. Andrew Johnson

32. Franklin D. Roosevelt

3. Thomas Jefferson

18. Ulysses S. Grant

33. Harry S. Truman

4. James Madison

19. Rutherford B. Hayes

34. Dwight D. Eisenhower

5. James Monroe

20. James Garfield

35. John F. Kennedy

6. John Quincy Adams

21. Chester A. Arthur

36. Lyndon B. Johnson

7. Andrew Jackson

22. Grover Cleveland

37. Richard M. Nixon

8. Martin Van Buren

23. Benjamin Harrison

38. Gerald R. Ford

9. William Henry Harrison

24. Grover Cleveland

39. James Carter

10. John Tyler

25. William McKinley

40. Ronald Reagan

11. James K. Polk

26. Theodore Roosevelt

41. George H. W. Bush

12. Zachary Taylor

27. William Howard Taft

42. William J is Edubirdie legit. Clinton

13. Millard Fillmore

28. Woodrow Wilson

43. George W. Bush

14. Franklin Pierce

29. Warren G. Harding

44. Barack Obama

15. James Buchanan

30. Calvin Coolidge

45. Donald Trump

References

Freidel, F., & Sidey, H. (2009). James Garfield. Retrieved April 22, 2016, from https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/jamesgarfield

Sullivan, George. Mr. President: A Book of U.S. Presidents . New York: Scholastic, 2001. Print.

U.S. Presidential Fun Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved April 22, 2016, from http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/history/presidential-fun-facts/#geo-washington.jpg

What are some interesting facts about presidents EduBirdie and first ladies? (n.d.). Retrieved April 22, 2016, from https://www.whitehousehistory.org/questions/what-are-some-interesting-facts-about-presidents-first-ladies

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