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President James A Garfield
8095 Mentor Avenue
Mentor, Ohio 44060
Voice: 440-255-8722

Our twentieth president was born on November 19, 1831 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He became fatherless at two. Garfield drove canal boat teams to earn money for an education. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts in 1856. He returned to the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (now Hiram College) in Ohio to become a classics professor. Within a year he became president to the college.

James Garfield was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1859 as a Republican. During the Civil War, he served in the military, becoming a brigadier  general at 31, and eventually a major general of volunteers.

In the same year, he was elected to Ohio Congress. Garfield won re-election repeatedly for the next 18 years. He became the leading Republican in the House of Representatives. By 1880, he managed to make it onto the presidential ballot, and won the election by a narrow margin. He entered into the presidency in 1881.

On July 2, 1881, James Garfield was shot in a Washington railroad station. Finally by September 6, Garfield had been taken to New Jersey and seemed to be recuperating from the wound. On September 19, 1881, he died from an infection and internal hemorrhage.



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