Tag Archives: James Garfield

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

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Chet Arthur, Tiffany and the 19-Year Screen

No question about it, the White House receives a great deal of wear and tear. Chester A. Arthur: Accidental President Few people would have ever believed that Chester Alan Arthur, New York “spoilsman” politician, would ever have become President of … Continue reading

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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

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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

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The Presidential Stepping Stone

More than half our Presidents have been lawyers, at least by discipline. Whether they liked it or not, and even whether they actively “practiced law” is something else. POTUSes Reading Law In the “olden days,” one did not need a … Continue reading

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Chester Alan Arthur: A VEEP on Hold

Vice President Chester Alan Arthur became President following the assassination and death of James A. Garfield. CAA: The Basics Born in Vermont and raised in upstate New York, Chester Alan Arthur (183o-1886) was a preacher’s son who attended Union College, … Continue reading

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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

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