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Topics in Chronicling America - Presidential Administrations: Garfield

After a close election, President James Garfield took office on March 4, 1881. Shortly after his inauguration, President Garfield challenged Senator Conkling of New York, a leading Stalwart Republican, by appointing Conkling’s arch enemy to run the New York City Customs House. Not long after this fight, President Garfield lost the fight for his own life on September 19, 1881 after being shot a few months earlier. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • March 4, 1881: James A. Garfield inaugurated.
  • May 1881: Roscoe Conkling resigns from Senate.
  • July 2, 1881: Garfield shot by Charles Guiteau.
  • September 19, 1881: Garfield dies.

Suggested Search Terms:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Garfield, Roscoe Conkling, William Robertson, assassination.

Sample Articles from Chronicling America:

  • "The Election," Sacramento Daily Record-Union (Sacramento, CA), 3 November 1880, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
  • "Between Several Fires," The Sun (New York, NY), 30 November 1880, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
  • "Appointments to Office," New-York Tribune (New York, NY), 24 March 1881, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
  • "The New York Collectorship," Daily Globe (St. Paul, MN), 25 March 1881, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
  • "Lord Roscoe Resigns," Omaha Daily Bee (Omaha, NE), 17 May 1881, Page 1, Image 1, col. 2.
  • "Assassin's Work," Daily Globe (St. Paul, MN), 3 July 1881, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
  • "The Death Bed," Daily Globe (St. Paul, MN), 20 September 1881, Page 1, Image 1, col. 1.
  • "Dorsey's Dose," [How Garfield was elected], Daily Globe (St. Paul, MN), 20 July 1883, Page 2, Image 2, col. 1.
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