- 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)
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.
James Garfield Links
James Garfield Blogs
“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” II Thessalonians 3:10 KJVRead More
Not bad for a poor canal boy who had to become a janitor to get through college. How hard can it be to build a box? I think those might have been some of my longest paper delivery days. Did I enjoy it? Absolutely not!
Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, B. Harrison, McKinley, T. Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson. These are the twentieth through twenty-eighth Presidents. This is a list of how I think I am like them.Read More
- “God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.” Job 37:5 KJV
“I challenge the correctness of the announcement. No man has a right, without the consent of the person voted for, to announce that person’s name and vote for him, in this convention. Such consent I have not given….”Read More
- “And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.” 2 Samuel 6:3 KJV
It’s probably not politically correct to even talk about Indians this way today, but it kept us busy for hours. Tecumseh was a Shawnee Indian warrior. Tenskwatawa, the Prophet, was his younger brother. How it really happens or if it really happened at all is often suspect.Read More
- And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Matthew 17:3 KJV
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time? Where would you go? Would you witness some historical event? Would you go see some famous person? Would you go back and try to fix a mistake? With so many choices, what would you do?Read More