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James A. Garfield
1831 - 1881

20th president of the United States. The Republican Garfield was in office for less than four months in 1881 before he was shot by a disturbed man who had failed to win an appointment in his administration. The preacher, lawyer, and determined reformer died two months later.


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.

For mere vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge. But for the security of the future I would do everything.

If the power to do hard work is not talent, it is the best possible substitute for it.