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James A. Garfield

20th President of the United States


"Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained."

--Letter Accepting Presidential Nomination, 1880

Full Name: James Abram Garfield

Born: November 19, 1831

Birthplace: Orange Township, Ohio

Father: Abram Garfield (1799-1833)

Mother: Eliza Ballou Garfield (1801-1888)

Wife: Lucretia Garfield (1832-1918)

Married: November 11, 1858

Religious Preference: Disciples of Christ

Previous Experience: School teacher, soldier, College president, Ohio Senate, U.S. Representative

Political Party: Republican

Age at Inauguration: 49

Term of Office: March 4, 1881 - September 19, 1881

Vice-President: Chester A. Arthur (1881)

Died: September 19, 1881

Age at Death: 49

Place of Burial: Cleveland, Ohio

President at Time of Death: Died in Office

Election Results

Year Candidate Name Electoral Vote Popular Vote
1880 James A. Garfield (R) 214 4,454,416
  Winfield S. Hancock (D) 115 4,444,952
  James B. Weaver (GL) 0 305,997