Garfield, James Abram, 1927, Biographical Sketch
TO THE country's twentieth President belongs the distinction of having been the last of its log cabin Presidents; also the only clergyman to occupy the Executive Mansion, and the only candidate to see himself nominated. It was while attending the National Convention at Chicago in 1880, as a supporter of John Sherman, that Garfield saw the convention unexpectedly stampeded in his behalf, and witnessed his own nomination. His election was the first in which the bankers of the country actively participated because of their dissatisfaction with business conditions under opposition rule. It was he, also, who introduced for the first time the "front porch" method of campaigning, afterwards popularized by President Harding. A genial soul who disliked to say no, Garfield soon found himself beleaguered by party factions. When the conflict was bitterest, Charles J. Guiteau, a disappointed place hunter, conceived the mad idea of saving the situation with a pistol shot. The President fought death for seventy-nine days, having actually occupied the Executive chair only a little more than three months.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 21.
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