James Abram Garfield

James Abram Garfield (1831-1881)

James Abram Garfield was appointed 20th President of the United States of America in March of 1881, a possition he held until his death in the same year.

Having gotten his name from his brother, James Ballou Garfield, who died at a young age and losing his father when he was only eighteen months old left Garfield in the working position in order to feed his family.

It was when he started going to law school when he first took interest in current politics. He finally switched over to political studies and served the military in the Civil War (1861-1865).

Wife: Lucretia Rudolph (1832-1918), wedding in November 11 th of 1858

Children: Eliza A. Garfield, Harry A. Garfield, James R. Garfield, Mary Garfield, Irvin M. Garfield, Abram Garfield, Edward Garfield;

Profession: Mathteacher and preacher

Political orientation: Republican

Vice President: Chester A. Author

Due to being assissinated Garfield’s presidency was very short. Yet he managed to make improvements and support the American people by renewing the at that time very corrupt Republican Party. As a member oft he so called Half-Breeds he supported a reformation of public service. That kind of support did not work in his favor, however, for he was shot bye Julius Guiteau, an opponent, and died bue to blood poisining.

Interesting facts:
-Garfield was the first left handed President oft he U.S.
-He was capable of writing Latin with his left and Greek with his right hand at the same time.
-He was the first U.S. President that spoke two languages during his election campaign, German and English.