A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents as inspiration.  All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America.  Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward.  We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.


James A. Garfield was the 20th President of the United States of America.  He held the office from March 4, 1881 until September 19, 1881.  He was, also, a lawyer, teacher, and lay preacher.  He did serve in the United States Union Army during the Civil War.  He became a Major General.


James Abram Garfield was born in 1831 in Moreland Hills, Ohio.  He had four siblings and was born in a log cabin.  His father died when he was only a couple years old and he was raised in poverty.  He became an avid reader and first tried to leave home to find work when he was 16 years old.  In 1848, he began attending Geauga Seminary.  He met his future wife Lucretia Rudolph there.  He began to work as a teacher while there.  He continued to teach after leaving Geauga.  From 1851 until 1854 he attended Western Reserve Electrical Institute, which became Hiram College.  He continued to teach and began preaching at neighboring churches.  He then enrolled in Williams College.  He graduated with honors in 1856.  He returned to Hiram College to teach and became its president in 1857.


In 1858, he got married. James and Lucretia had seven children.  After the wedding however, he began reading law.  He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1861.  He then briefly entered politics before joining the Union Army.  He served from 1861 until 1863.  He was in Ohio regiments in the Civil War and became a Major General.


In 1863, Garfield became a Member of the United States House of Representatives.  He served on three committees.  In 1867-1869, he served on the House Committee of Military Affairs.  In 1869-1871 he served on the House Committee on Financial Services.  In 1871-1875, he served on the House Committee on Appropriations.  His next elected position was to become President.


President James A. Garfield was not President very long, however his days in office did make an impact.  He was assassinated and although he lived and tried to work for awhile after his attack, his shooting by Charles J. Guiteau did take his life.  Before the shooting, Garfield promoted education, agricultural technology, and civil rights for African Americans.  His work for the Navy, to reform the Post Office, and in making executive appointments restored Presidential respect and authority.


Memorials were constructed to honor President Garfield after his death.  He has been honored in multiple ways, including with stamps and historical writings.  Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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