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Lucretia Rudolph Garfield 1832-1918 In the fond eyes of her husband President James A Garfield Lucretia grows up to every new emergency with fine tact and faultless taste She proved this in the eyes of the nation though she was always a reserved self-contained woman She flatly refused to pose for a campaign photograph and much preferred a literary circle or informal party to a state reception Her love of learning she acquired from her father Zeb Rudolph a leading citizen of Hiram Ohio and devout member of the Disciples of Christ She first met Jim Garfield when both attended a nearby school and they renewed their friendship in 1851 as students at the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute founded by the Disciples But Crete did not attract his special attention until December 1853 when he began a rather cautious courtship and they did not marry until November 1858 when he was well launched on his career as a teacher His service in the Union Army from 1861 to 1863 kept them apart their first child a daughter died in 1863 But after his first lonely winter in Washington as a freshman Representative the family remained together With a home in the capital as well as one in Ohio they enjoyed a happy domestic life A two-year-old son died in 1876 but five children grew up healthy and promising with the passage of time Lucretia became more and more her husbands companion In Washington they shared intellectual interests with congenial friends she went with him to meetings of a locally celebrated literary society They read together made social calls together dined with each other and traveled in company until by 1880 they were as nearly inseparable as his career permitted Garfields election to the Presidency brought a cheerful family to the White House in 1881 Though Mrs Garfield was not particularly interested in a
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