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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
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?
Garfield made notable diplomatic and judiciary
appointments, including a what?
A: A U.S. Supreme Court justice.
Garfield appointed several “what" to prominent federal
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?
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
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
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?
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,
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?
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?
How many children did Garfield and Lucretia have?
A: They had seven children (five sons and two daughters).
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