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James A. Garfield Trivia Questions and Answers

Trivia quiz questions about James A. Garfield, President of the United States.


James A. Garfield Trivia Questions and Answers

Who was the 20th President of the United States?
A: James A. Garfield.

What was Garfield’s birth name?
A: James Abram Garfield.

On what date was James Garfield born?
A: November 19, 1831.

What president preceded James Garfield as President of the United States?
A: Rutherford B. Hayes.

Who succeeded President Garfield as President of the U.S.?
A: Chester A. Arthur

Who was Garfield’s vice president?
A: Chester A. Arthur

How many consecutive terms in the House of Representatives did James Garfield serve?
A: Nine.


Garfield made notable diplomatic and judiciary appointments, including a what?
A: A U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Garfield appointed several “what” to prominent federal positions?
A: African-Americans.

How long did Garfield's presidency last?
A: Only 200 days—from March 4, 1881, until his death on September 19, 1881.

How did Garfield die?
A: He was shot by assassin Charles J. Guiteau on July 2, 1881.

Only what President had a shorter term?
A: William Henry Harrison's presidency, of 31 days.

Garfield was the second of how many United States Presidents who were assassinated?
A: Four.

Where was Garfield raised?
A: On an Ohio farm by his widowed mother and elder brother.


James worked at many jobs to pay for his education at what college?
A: Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

When did Garfield graduate from Williams College?
A: In 1856.

Garfield entered politics as a Republican, after campaigning for what?
A: The party's anti-slavery platform in Ohio.

Who did Garfield marry in 1858?
A: Lucretia Rudolph.

Garfield opposed Confederate secession, served as a what, in the Union Army during the American Civil War?
A: Major general.

Throughout Garfield's extended Congressional service after the Civil War, he gained a reputation as a what?
A: A skilled orator.

He was Chairman of what committees?
A: He was the Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee and the Appropriations Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.


In 1880, the Ohio legislature elected him to the what?
A: U.S. Senate.

Garfield is the only sitting Representative to have been what?
A: Elected to the presidency.

Who did James live next door to as a child?
A:  His uncle Amos and aunt Alpha Boynton.

His father, Abram Garfield, was known locally as a what?
A:  Wrestler.

Garfield’s father died when Garfield was how old?
A: 18 months old.

At age 16, what did James Garfield do?
A: He moved out on his own with dreams of being a seaman, and got a job for six weeks as a canal driver near Cleveland.

From 1851 to 1854, what did he attended?
A:  The Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (later named Hiram College) in Hiram, Ohio.


What subjects was he the most interested in at Eclectic?
A: The study of Greek and Latin.

Garfield is the only President of the United States to have been a what?
A: Clergyman.

He also served as an elder in what Church?
A: Church of Christ.

Garfield did not consider himself an abolitionist, but he was opposed to what?
A: Slavery.

How many children did Garfield and  Lucretia have?
A:  They had seven children (five sons and two daughters).

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