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James Garfield
(1831 - 1881)

1831 Born 19 November
1851 Attends the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (later named Hiram College)
1856 Graduates Williams College; teaches classical languages at the Eclectic Institute
1857 Principal at the Eclectic Institute until 1860
1858 Marries Lucretia Rudolph
1859 Elected an Ohio state senator - serves until 1861
1860 Admitted to the Ohio bar; daughter, Eliza, born
1861 Enlists in the Union Army, and is assigned to command the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry
1862 Promoted to the rank of brigadier general; elected to the United States House of Representatives
1863 Chief of Staff for William S. Rosecrans, commander of the Army of the Cumberland; son, Harry, is born, and daughter, Eliza, dies
1865 Son, James, born
1867 Daughter, Mary, born
1870 Son, Irvin, born
1872 Son, Abram, born
1874 Son, Edward, born
1876 Discoveres a novel proof of the Pythagorean Theorem using a trapezoid; becomes the Republican floor leader of the House; son, Edward, dies
1880 Elected president
1881 Shot by Charles J. Guiteau on 2 July, dies 19 September

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