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James Garfield

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James Garfield

20th U.S. President


Who was James Garfield?

James Garfield was the 20th President of the United States. Garfield's presidency was a short one when a former political supporter shot him in the back just a few months after taking office. President Garfield survived for almost 3 months while doctors tried to remove the bullet. He died from an infection on 19 September 1881.

James Garfield was born on 19 November 1831 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio to Abram and Eliza (Ballou) Garfield. James was a school teacher turned lawyer before being elected to the Ohio state senate. During the Civil War, he was commissioned a Lieutenant Colonel in the Union Army and reached the rank of Brigadier General after a successful campaign to rid eastern Kentucky of Confederate forces.

President Garfield has a number of famous kin including friend and later political adversary Salmon P. Chase. He has connections to a number of U.S. presidents including Chester Arthur, William Howard Taft, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gerald Ford, and both George Bushes. Some celebrity kin include Walt Disney, actress Raquel Welch, and actor Richard Gere. He is a descendant of the Mayflower's John Billington, and is a cousin to his wife Lucretia Rudolph.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for James Garfield

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Kevin Spacey

TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Richard Martin

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Nicholas Danforth

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

7th cousin 1 time removed
via William Carpenter

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Bill Weld

68th Governor of Massachusetts

8th cousin 3 times removed
via William Clap

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Edward Clap

(c1609 - 1664/5)
Hopewell passenger 1635

6th great-granduncle
via William Clap

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Linda Ronstadt

Singer and Songwriter

5th cousin 4 times removed
via John Spaford Jr.

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Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood

Leader of the Rough Riders

7th cousin
via John Warren

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

7th cousin 2 times removed
via Nicholas Danforth

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Joseph Arnold

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James Merrill

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

6th cousin 2 times removed
via John Bigelow

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Lucia Chase

Co-Founder, American Ballet Theatre

7th cousin 2 times removed
via John Wheeler

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T. S. Eliot

Poet and Playwright

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Holbrook

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Ed Helms

TV and Movie Actor

7th cousin 5 times removed
via John Wheeler

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William Marsh Rice

Founder of Rice University

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Agnes

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Tennessee Claflin

Million Dollar Princess

5th cousin 1 time removed
via John Rockwood

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Daniel Burnham

World's Columbian Expo Architect

6th cousin
via William Weeks

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Nelson Rockefeller

41st U.S. Vice-President

5th cousin 3 times removed
via Valentine Whitman

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Winthrop Rockefeller

37th Governor of Arkansas

5th cousin 3 times removed
via Valentine Whitman

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Humphrey Wythe

(c1591 - c1638/9)
Great Migration Immigrant 1635

6th great-grandfather

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Arthur Ryerson

RMS Titanic Victim

6th cousin
via John Bigelow

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Arthur Ryerson

RMS Titanic Victim

6th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Flagg

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Ezra Pound

Expatriate American Poet and Critic

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Henry Scott

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Horatio Alger

Author

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Whitman

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John Taylor Gilman

5th Governor of New Hampshire

4th cousin 3 times removed
via William Allen

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John Whitman

(c1602 - 1692)
Great Migration Immigrant 1638

6th great-granduncle
via Richard Whitman

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