James A. Garfield Quotes

If I find out where every dollar goes, and how it is used, I shall understand the apparatus thoroughly.

 
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James A. Garfield, 1831-1881, 20th President of the United States (Republican, OH), Statement when he was Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee

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James A. Garfield
James A. Garfield
  • Born: November 19, 1831
  • Died: September 19, 1881
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

James Abram Garfield was the 20th president of the United States, serving from March 4, 1881 until his death by assassination six and a half months later. Garfield had served nine terms in the House of Representatives, and had been elected to the Senate before his candidacy for the White House, though he declined the Senate seat once elected president. He was the first sitting member of Congress to be elected to the presidency, and remains the only sitting House member to gain the White House.

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