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Thomas Garfield's Reminiscences about his brother, President James Garfield

Reminiscence's about President Garfield by his older brother, Thomas, in the hand of Thomas's wife, Mary Jane Garfield. A long (83 pages), important memoir, supplying heretofore unknown information about the personal and public life of President James Garfield. Garfield's remarkable rise from abject poverty to the nation's first office is described. There are accounts of his education at Williams College, his career as one of the nation's youngest college presidents, his service in the Civil War, and his successes in politics at the local and national levels as well as information about the private Garfield. The memoir includes thirty two pages of Garfield's favorite maxims and sayings. It is a significant additional to papers of James Garfield, one of the Library's twenty three presidential collections.




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