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In Memorial: Presidential Monuments Dedicated to James Garfield

By    |   Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015 02:47 PM

James Garfield was elected as the 20th president of the U.S., and like many other presidents, he has had memorials dedicated in his honor.

The James Garfield monument in Cleveland, Ohio, is the final resting place for the Garfield, and it is also a tourist attraction which commemorates the president as well as discussing different types of architecture, according to the Lake View Cemetery. The monument was designed by architect George Keller, and was dedicated in 1890. It is 180 feet tall and made of Berea sandstone, as well as different panels designed to depict significant parts of Garfield’s life. The statue of Garfield stands in the middle of the main floor. and was sculpted by Alexander Doyle.

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The second president to be assassinated while in office, Garfield was killed 200 days into his presidency. He appointed the leader of the Half-Breeds, James G. Blaine, as his Secretary of State, and the Stalwarts faction were less than impressed with the president and attempted to block his nomination, History.com noted.

When Garfield began putting together his plan of action for civil rights reform, he was shot by a disgruntled attorney, Charles Guiteau, who exclaimed, “I am a Stalwart and Arthur is President now!” For three months Garfield laid dying, as doctors were unable to find the bullet in his body, History.com said. He eventually died on Sept. 19, 1881.

Garfield was born on Nov. 19, 1831 in Orange, Ohio, to Abram and Eliza Garfield. Although Abram died less than two years after his son was born, his widow went on to raise Garfield and the other children on the family farm. Garfield aspired to become a sailor, which led to his position of towing barges up the canal as a teenager – a job that helped support his family. Garfield attended Western Reserve Eclectic Institute as well as Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He went on to become president of the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, and in 1932, James married Lucretia Ruldolph. The couple had seven children.

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