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James A. Garfield

 
 
James A. Garfield Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
1. James A. Garfield Memorial




Inscription. (Front):
James A. Garfield
1831 - 1881

(Left):
Major General USV,
Member of Congress,
Senator
and
President
of the
United States
of
America.

(Right):
Erected
by his comrades
of the
Society of the Army
of the
Cumberland
May 12 1887.

 
Erected 1887.
 
Location. 38° 53.339′ N, 77° 0.74′ W. Marker is in Capitol Hill, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Maryland Avenue SW and East Capitol Circle, in the median on Maryland Avenue SW. Click for map. Located southwest of the US Capitol. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Power from the Wind (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Power from the Wind (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ulysses S. Grant Memorial (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Ulysses S. Grant Memorial (about 600 feet away but has been reported missing); Naval Monument (about 600
Left Side Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
2. Left Side Inscription
feet away); Bartholdi Fountain (about 600 feet away); Cardinal Direction Marker: North (approx. 0.2 miles away); Witchhazel • Suhwe?t (suh-whet) (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Capitol Hill.
 
Also see . . .
1. James A. Garfield Memorial. SIRIS entry for the memorial. (Submitted on May 3, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. James Abram Garfield at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on September 16, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. PoliticsWar, US Civil
 
Right Side Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
3. Right Side Inscription
The Scholar image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
4. The Scholar
One of the figures around the base of the memorial represents the "scholar," one of the three phases in Garfield's career.
The Stateman image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
5. The Stateman
The second of the figures depicts the "Statesman."
James A. Garfield Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
6. James A. Garfield Memorial
On this facing the figure at the base is titled the "soldier".
James A. Garfield Memorial with the U.S. Capitol in the background image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 10, 2010
7. James A. Garfield Memorial with the U.S. Capitol in the background
James A. Garfield image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 12, 2015
8. James A. Garfield
by John Quinsy Adams Ward
James A. Garfield image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
9. James A. Garfield
This 1881 portrait of James A. Garfield by Ole Peter Hansen Balling hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Through repeated balloting at the Republican convention of 1880, delegates remained deadlocked in naming a presidential candidate. Finally, after thirty-five ballots, they were ready for a compromise. Rejecting both front-runners — James Blaine and Ulysses S. Grant — the delegates endorsed Ohio congressman James A. Garfield, whose aspirations had been limited to becoming a senator.

The patronage-driven factionalism that led to Garfield's nomination continued to fester following his assumption of the presidency. On July 2, 1881, angered that Garfield had not awarded him a public office, a member of a GOP faction shot the president as he went to board a train. Eleven weeks later, Garfield was dead from his wound.

This staid portrait by Norwegian artist Ole Peter Hansen Balling may have captured Garfield's physical traits accurately, but it did not convey his spell­binding impact on people. Having once been a lay preacher, Garfield was at his most impressive when speaking. According to one observer, his thoughts sometimes seemed to issue forth at the podium ‘like solid shot from a cannon.’” — National Portrait Gallery
James A. Garfield Statue image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 12, 2015
10. James A. Garfield Statue
by John Quinsy Adams Ward
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,412 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   8, 9. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   10. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on September 10, 2016.
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