Category Archives: James Garfield

Lucretia Garfield: The Rough Road to a Happy Marriage

When the Garfields became First Couple in 1880, they had a solid and happy marriage, but… …A Long Time A-Comin’ When James Garfield and Lucretia Rudolph married in 1858, they were both twenty-seven – and had been engaged for five … Continue reading

Posted in A POTUS-FLOTUS Blog, James Garfield, Nifty History People | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

James Garfield’s Tea House

The Beleaguered President James A. Garfield (1831-81) was a surprise candidate in 1880, mostly due to the vicious political infighting among various factions of the Republican party. Despite having been the youngest Major General in the Union Army, and having … Continue reading

Posted in A POTUS-FLOTUS Blog, James Garfield, Presidential Sites | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chester Alan Arthur in Hiding

When Chester Alan Arthur was named as Republican VP candidate in 1880, no one was more surprised than he was. CAA: A Brief Run-up. Very brief, in fact. Chet Arthur had never been elected to anything before. The New York … Continue reading

Posted in A POTUS-FLOTUS Blog, Chester Arthur, James Garfield, Nifty History People | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

James Garfield Goes to Congress

…with a little help from President Lincoln. Maybe.  JAG: A Brief History Ohio born James Garfield (1831-81) had a very unpromising start in life. His father died when he was two, with little to leave the family.  His mother later … Continue reading

Posted in A POTUS-FLOTUS Blog, Abraham Lincoln, American Civil War, James Garfield | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

President Garfield’s Train

 James A. Garfield, President for barely six months, was dying from an assassin’s bullet. Garfield: The Long Hot Summer The summer of 1881 had been one of the hottest ever remembered by Washingtonians. The temperatures soared over 90 degrees practically … Continue reading

Posted in A POTUS-FLOTUS Blog, James Garfield | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Robert T. Lincoln: Witness to Assassinations

When Robert Lincoln was nearly sixty, he vowed never again to meet a President of the United States. He was a prominent man with an iconic name. Meeting and greeting Presidents was a given. But he let it be known … Continue reading

Posted in A POTUS-FLOTUS Blog, Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, Nifty History People, William McKinley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Three Major Inventions of Garfield’s Assassination

The Industrial Age was at its height when Garfield was assassinated in 1881.  Inventive minds were at work! The President Is Shot President James A. Garfield (1831-1881) was a robust, athletic man of forty-nine when an assassin pumped two bullets … Continue reading

Posted in A POTUS-FLOTUS Blog, James Garfield | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments