James Garfield

By | Nov 19, 2013

President James A Garfield, the 20th President of the United States were born on November 19, 1831. He is one of the seven Presidents to be born in Ohio. Only Virginia with nine Presidents born there has more.

While running for the office of President he was a sitting member of the House of Representatives. He also ran for Senator of Ohio. Upon winning both elections he became the only person to be a sitting Congressman and Senator-elect, and President-elect. He chose to become President.

Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881 by Charles J. Guiteau, just short of 4 months since he was sworn into office. Guiteau was upset that he had not been able to secure a federal post. He died two months later September 19, 1881. His term of office was 199 days. The second shortest.

With his death Chester Arthur became President. 1881 was the second year when there was three Presidents to serve during the year. The first was 1841. Martin Van Buren ended term, William Henry Harrison was inaugurated and died a month later, then Vice President John Tyler followed.

Now it seems as if just about every President is left handed. Five of the past seven Presidents, including Barak Obama, have been left handed. Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush are the exceptions. President Garfield was the first. In fact he was ambidexious.


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