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James Garfield: A Resource Guide

James Garfield served as the twentieth president of the United States (1881). This guide provides access to digital materials at the Library of Congress, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with James Garfield, including the James A. Garfield Papers. Born in Orange, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, on November 19, 1831, Garfield was an educator, lawyer, and army officer before serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for nine terms (1863-81). In 1880, Garfield was elected the twentieth President of the United States (1881) as a Republican. On July 2, 1881, after only a few months in office, Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Depot in Washington, D.C. Garfield survived his wounds for another eleven weeks until his death on September 19, 1881.

This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Garfield such as manuscripts, broadsides, government documents, newspaper articles, sheet music, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Garfield and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.