President James A. Garfield

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President James A. Garfield was and still is one of the most respected presidents to serve in the White House. Millard 's book is split into parts, each part a significant chunk from Garfield 's life. Millard wrote of Garfield becoming president in the first two parts, then focuses more on his death in parts three and four of her book, and I found what she wrote to be fascinating. The book switched between telling the main events mainly from three people perspectives, which were Alexander G. Bell, Garfield, and Charles Guiteau. I liked that Millard incorporated the perspectives from the men and women that were instrumental in the downfall of Garfield. Her book is inspiring and very well written.

Garfield had served in Congress for seventeen years, but had absolutely no interest in being president. When at the Republican National Convention, he was to give a speech to nominate a candidate for the Republican nominee in the presidential race. However, the people voted for him and to his dismay, Garfield became the nominee. As Garfield had no desire to be president, he did not campaign. He did give speeches to the people who showed up to his home, but that was it. Garfield won the election and was sworn in March 4, 1881.

Charles Guiteau, the man who assassinated Garfield was, in short, a lunatic. A few days before Garfield 's inauguration, he survived the ship wreck of the Stonington. He believed that God had saved him from death because he was to have a very important…
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