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James A. Garfield

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James A. Garfield

James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881) was the 20th President of the United States (1881), and was killed as President. He was President for six months and fifteen days.

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  • "The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people."[1]
Simple: The main purpose of the government is to keep peace and not take away people's happiness.
About the quote: To H.N. Eldridge (December 14, 1869).
  • "Few men in our history have ever obtained the Presidency by planning to obtain it."[2]
Simple: Not very men thought they would be President before they became President.


  1. Garfield (1978) by Allen Peskin, Chapter 13
  2. Diary (February 4, 1879)

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