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Lucretia Garfield

James Garfield
It is horrible to be a man. But the grinding misery of being a woman between the upper and nether millstone of household cares and training children is almost as bad. To be half civilized with some aspirations for enlightenment, and obliged to spend the largest part of the time the victim of young barbarians keeps one in a perpetual ferment.

Born - April 19, 1832 in Garrettsville, Ohio

Parents - Zebulon Rudolph & Arabella Green Mason Rudolph

Married - November 11, 1858 to James Garfield

Children - Eliza Arabella (1860 – 1863),
Harry Augustus (1863 – 1942),
James Rudolph (1865 – 1950),
Mary “Molly” (1867 – 1947),
Irvin McDowell (1870 – 1951),
Abram (1872 – 1958),
Edward (1874 – 1876)

Education - Geauga Seminary in Chester, Ohio; Western Reserve Eclectic Institute in Hiram, Ohio

Occupation - school teacher

Died - March 14, 1918 in Pasadena, California

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  • Later in life, Mrs. Garfield would ride in the Rose Bowl parade as a special guest.
  • After the White House, Mrs. Garfield worked to preserve records of her husband’s career.

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