The Presidents of the USA
James Abram Garfield
Moreland Hills, OH
On July 2, 1881, was shot and died in September
key background fact:
A true "dark horse", an unlikely nomination in party convention
School Teacher, Minister, Soldier
Major General of Volunteers - hero of the Civil War (Chickamauga)
7: 5 boys 2 girls
Lucretia Rudolph (1858)
Disciples of Christ
"The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."
actions & events
- 1881 On July 2, he was shot by Charles Julius Guiteau.
- 1881 Garfield died of blood poisoning on September 19.
- The second-shortest presidency (after Harrison)
- First president primarily left handed and ambidextrous
He knew Greek and Latin. He used his ambidexterity to write both at the same time. He had a 3,000-book library
In 1876 he developed an original trapezoid proof of the Pythagorean theorem.
In the 4 months before he was shot, he did not accomplish much. He served the second-shortest term of any President.
He endured Congress pressure on executive appointments.