A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

James A. Garfield.  James A. Garfield was the twentieth President of the United States of America.  Two hundred days was the length of time James A. Garfield was President.  He was in office from March 4, 1881 until he died on September 19, 1881.  He was shot by his assassin on July 2,1881 while trying to travel by train to a cooler climate due to the warmer climate in Washington, D.C. at this time of year.  He was taken back to the White House and continued to receive medical treatment until his eventual death.

James A. Garfield did a lot during his 49 years.  His is really a rags to riches success story.  He was born in a log cabin on a farm in what is now Moreland Hills, Ohio in 1831.  He was the youngest of five children.  His father died during his childhood in 1833.  His mother remarried in 1842 and was remarried until a scandalous divorce in 1850.  Reading became an important escape for James when he was young.  He attended Geauga Academy from 1848 until 1850.  He spent time working, including being a teacher,until attending what has become Hiram College from 1851 until 1854.  He worked as a full -time teacher until attending Williams College.  He graduated from Williams College salutatorian in 1856.  He married Lucretia Rudolph in 1858 and they overtime had seven children.

After marrying he began to read law and was admitted to the bar in 1861.  He became involved in politics and was elected to Ohio’s Senate as a Republican.  He joined the Union Army and achieved the rank of major general.  Following his service in the Army he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for over ten years.

He accomplished a lot during his brief presidency.  He was seen to revive presidential authority, strengthen American naval power, stop Post Office corruption, and make important diplomatic and judiciary appointments.  He advocated education, agricultural technology, and civil rights for African-Americans.  He proposed civil service reform as well.

None of us know how much time we have.  James A. Garfield’s life and time as President was cut short, however he did a lot with the time he had.  Be inspired to make the most of the time you have.  Have a bright day!

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