James A. Garfield
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1831
Date of Death: 1881
Cause of Death: Pneumonia following a gunshot wound
Religion: Church of Christ
Occupation: Lawyer, Educator, Soldier, Politician
Spouse: Lucretia Rudolph Garfield
Children: Seven, of which two predeceased him
Military Branch: Union

(American Civil War)

Political Party: Republican Party
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Ohio,
President of the United States
Fictional Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): How Few Remain
Type of Appearance: Direct
Occupation: Soldier, Politician, Military Judge
Military Branch: Union Army (War of Secession)
Political Party: Republican Party
Political Office(s): United States Senator from Ohio

James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881) was the twentieth President of the United States.

Before his election, Garfield had served as a general in the United States Army, and represented Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.

On July 2, 1881, Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, DC. Two months later on September 19, 1881, he died from his wounds. Only six months into his presidency, Garfield became the second president to be assassinated and the fourth to die in office. He also served the second shortest length of presidency in US history after William Henry Harrison.

James Garfield in Southern Victory[]

James Garfield was a Republican senator who represented Ohio in the United States Senate. He had been an officer in the Union Army during the War of Secession and had served on a number of courts-martial. He rose to prominence by purging the Army of defeatists after the end of the war.[1]

In late 1881, Garfield was one of several prominent Republican leaders to attend a convention called by former President Abraham Lincoln in Chicago. He resisted Lincoln's proposal to replace hostility toward the Confederate States with workers' rights as the central plank of the party's platform, going so far as to suggest that following Lincoln's plan would cause the Republican party to split into three factions.[2] The meeting ended with Garfield and every other delegate walking out, leaving Lincoln alone.[3]

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  1. How Few Remain, pg. 459.
  2. Ibid., pg. 463.
  3. Ibid., pg. 465.
Political offices
Preceded by
Rutherford B. Hayes
President of the United States
March-September, 1881
Succeeded by
Chester A. Arthur
Preceded by
Albert G. Riddle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

from Ohio's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
Ezra B. Taylor
Party political offices
Preceded by
Rutherford B. Hayes
Republican nominee for President of the United States
1880 (won)
Succeeded by
James G. Blaine