a letter from President Garfield
Did You Know?
• He entertained friends by writing Latin with one hand and Greek with the other.
• He was the last president born in a log cabin.
• He was considered a great orator.
• On September 19, 1881, after only serving a few months in office, he became the second president to be assassinated.
Key Events in the Administration
James A. Garfield
(November 19, 1831 - September 19, 1881)
• First Lady: Lucretia "Crete" Rudolph, Wife
• Wife's Maiden Name: Lucretia "Crete" Garfield
• Number of Children: 7
• Education Level: College
• School Attended: Eclectic Institute, Williams College
• Religion: Disciples of Christ
• Profession: Military, Instructor, President of the Eclectic Institute, Lawyer
• Military Service: Major General
Public Service:Presidential Places
• Dates of Presidency: 3/4/1881 - 9/19/1881
• Presidency Number: 20
• Number of Terms: 1
• Why Presidency Ended: Assassination
• Party: Republican
• His Vice President(s): Chester A. Arthur
• House of Representatives: Ohio (1863-1880)
• State Legislative Service: OH (1859-1861)
Methodology and Resources
James A. Garfield Birthplace
Gravesite: Lake View Cemetery
Home: James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Other Sites: James A. Garfield Monument
C-SPAN in the Classroom
Presidents Programs from
• Programming includes:
• James A. Garfield Life Portrait: From James A. Garfield National Historic Site - Mentor, OH
Guests included: Dr. Allan Peskin, professor, Cleveland State University; and Dr. John Shaw, professor emeritus, Hiram College Watch | Order Videotape
• Bill Garrison on the Garfield Monument Watch
• John Sellers of the Library of Congress on Garfield's papers Watch
• 1995 Washington Journal on President Garfield Watch