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James A Garfield James A Garfield was born in Cleveland OH November 191831 He was the last president to be born in a log cabin Garfield was 10 pounds at birth and ended up a large man when he grew up He weighted pounds and he was 6 feet tall In 1848 he left home to work on a canal boat Within six weeks he had to come home because he got really sick He decided to go back to school to get an education Garfield went to Western Reserve Eclectic Institute There he studied and taught for three years In 1856 he graduated from Williams College He taught English he also was a principal and a preacher Garfield was married in 1858 to Lucretia Rudolph on November 11 They had 7 children together In 1859 he became a lawyer and was soon elected to the state Senate After the Civil war started James Garfield volunteered for the Union army He made colonel and then was appointed major general for gallantry at Battle of Chickamauga In 1880 he ran for president against Winfield S Hancock in November With Chester Allen Arthur as his vice president Garfield became the 20th president On July 2 1881 Garfield was going on vacation he was at the train station when he was about to shake hands with a man in the crowd named Charles J Guiteaush Garfield was shot by Guiteaush Garfield was only in office two hundred days when he got shot Charles Giteaush was mad because he thought it was Garfields fault that he wasnt appointed to an office He planned to kill President Garfield for several days He even visited the jail he knew that they would take him to after the shooting I guess he liked it because he carried out his plan President Garfield was shoot twice One hit his arm and the other lodged itself somewhere inside the Presidents body For the
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