James Garfield

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  • Twentieth President (1881)
  • Birthday: November 19, 1831 (Saturday)
  • Birthplace: Moreland Hills, Ohio
  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
  • Date of Death: September 19, 1881 (Monday)
  • Place of Death: Elberon, New Jersey
  • Place of Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Cause of Death: Septic shock
  • Age: 49 years old
  • Length of Retirement: Died in office
  • Religion: Churches of Christ/Christian Churches/Disciples of Christ
  • Party: Republican

James Garfield Offices Held

  • Vice President (1901-1901)
  • US House of Representatives from Ohio (1863-1881)

James Garfield Nicknames

  • Boatman Jim
  • Canal Boy
  • The Preacher President

James Garfield Pets

  • Horse (named Kit)
  • Dog (named Veto)
  • Fish

James Garfield Personal Traits

  • Height: 6 feet – 0 inches

James Garfield Quotes

All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
The Chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people.
Things don't turn up in this world until somebody turns them up.
Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim.
A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil.
He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation.
The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.
If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it.
Justice and goodwill will outlast passion.
If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.
Suicide is not a remedy.
If wrinkles must be written on our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old.
I have had many troubles in my life, but the worst of them never came.
I love to deal with doctrines and events. The contests of men about men I greatly dislike.
Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.
The President is the last person in the world to know what the people really want and think.
A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.


James Garfield Timeline – Family

  • December 28, 1799 Abram Garfield (Father) born in Worcester, New York.
  • September 21, 1801 Eliz Nee’ Ballou Garfield (Mother) born in Richmond, New Hampshire.
  • February 3, 1820 Abram Garfield (Father) marries Eliz Nee’ Ballou (Mother) in Zanesville, Ohio.
  • January 28, 1821 Mehetable “Hitty” Garfield Trowbridge (Sister) born in Newburg, Ohio.
  • October 16, 1822 Thomas Garfield (Brother) born in Newburg, Ohio.
  • October 19, 1824 Mary Garfield Larabee (Sister) born in Newburg, Ohio.
  • October 31, 1826 James Ballou Garfield (Brother) born in Newburg, Ohio.
  • 1829 James Ballou Garfield (Brother) dies in Newburg, Ohio.
  • November 19, 1831 James Abram Garfield born in Moreland Hills, Ohio.
  • April 19, 1832 Lucretia Rudolph Garfield (Wife) born in Garrettsville (Hiram), Ohio.
  • May 8, 1833 Abram Garfield (Father) dies in Otsego, New York.
  • November 11, 1858 James Abram Garfield marries Lucretia Rudolph (Wife) in Hiram, Ohio at her parents house.
  • July 3, 1860 Eliza Arabella “Trot” Garfield (Daughter) born in Hiram, Ohio.
  • October 11, 1863 Harry Augustus Garfield (Son) born.
  • December 3, 1863 Eliza Arabella “Trot” Garfield (Daughter) dies in Hiram, Ohio.
  • October 17, 1865 James Rudolph Garfield (Son) born in Cove Neck, New York.
  • October 10, 1889 Kermit Roosevelt (Son) born in Hiram, Ohio.
  • January 16, 1867 Mary Garfield Stanley Brown (Daughter) born in Hiram, Ohio.
  • August 3, 1870 Irvin McDowell Garfield (Son) born in Hiram, Ohio.
  • November 21, 1872 Abram Garfield (Son) born in Washington DC.
  • December 25, 1874 Edward Garfield (Son) born in Hiram, Ohio.
  • October 25, 1876 Edward Garfield (Son) dies in Washington DC.
  • September 19, 1881 James Abram Garfield dies in Elberon, New Jersey.
  • November 4, 1884 Mary Garfield Larabee (Sister) dies in Solon, Ohio.
  • January 21, 1888 Eliz Nee’ Ballou Garfield (Mother) dies in Mentor, Ohio.
  • April 12, 1910 Thomas Garfield (Brother) dies in Jamestown, Michigan.
  • June 6, 1911 Mehetable “Hitty” Garfield Trowbridge (Sister) dies in Boyle Heights, California.
  • March 14, 1918 Lucretia Rudolph Garfield (Wife) dies in Pasadena, California.
  • December 12, 1942 Harry Augustus Garfield (Son) dies.
  • December 30, 1947 Mary Garfield Stanley Brown (Daughter) dies in Pasadena, California.
  • March 24, 1950 James Rudolph Garfield (Son) dies in Washington DC.
  • July 18, 1951 Irvin McDowell Garfield (Son) dies in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • October 16, 1958 Abram Garfield (Son) dies in Bratenahi, Ohio.

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