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James Garfield's Legacy

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By Allen C. Browne, December 11, 2018
1. James Garfield's Legacy Marker
Inscription.  In front of you stood the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Station where President James A. Garfield was shot in 1881. Garfield served as the United States' 20th president for only four months before he was assassinated. A modest memorial to Garfield was placed in the lobby of the station until demolished in 1908. Other sites more associated with Garfield’s legacy of service remain to this day.

The Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, behind you and across the National Mall, was the site of Garfield's inaugural ball. The White House and US Capitol, where Garfield held public office, still stand. Most significantly, Garfield, a Member of Congress for 17 years, is remembered with a monument erected in 1887 on the grounds of the US Capitol.
 
Erected 2018 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 53.431′ N, 77° 1.188′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Madison Drive Northwest west of 4th Street Northwest, on the left when traveling west. This Marker is across Madison Drive from The National Gallery of Art. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1022 Madison Drive Northwest, Washington DC 20565, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “My God! What is this?” (here, next to this marker); The National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry
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By Allen C. Browne, December 11, 2018
2. James Garfield's Legacy Marker
(about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jupiter (about 700 feet away); Andrew W. Mellon (about 700 feet away); Saturn (about 700 feet away); Asteroids and Comets (about 700 feet away); Mars (about 700 feet away); Earth (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
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By Allen C. Browne, December 11, 2018
3. Who Was James A. Garfield
The last president born in a log cabin, Garfield rose from poverty to the presidency. Garfield became a scholar, minister, president of Hiram College, and state senator. In the Civil War, Garfield advanced to the rank of Major General. After the war, he spent 17 years in the US Congress advocating for civil rights and African American suffrage. Garfield was elected president in 1880. He served only 118 days before being shot. Garfield's tragic death became a catalyst for civil service reform. His wife Lucretia and their five children lost a loving husband and father, and the country, for the second time in 16 years, lost a leader.
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By Allen C. Browne, December 11, 2018
4. Map
Close-up of map on marker
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By Allen C. Browne, December 11, 2018
5. Detail of Map
Showing the viewer's location and the former location of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station where Garfield was assassinated.
The Garfield Monument image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 12, 2015
6. The Garfield Monument
The Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Station image. Click for full size.
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7. The Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Station
from A Manual on the Origin and Development of Washington by H. Paul Caemmerer, 1939.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 96 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 13, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on December 22, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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