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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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Geena Davis

Movie and TV Actress

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Nicholas Danforth

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Geena Davis

Movie and TV Actress

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Francis Billington

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Frank G. Allen

51st Governor of Massachusetts

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Henry Scott

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John Forbes Nash, Jr.

“A Beautiful Mind” Mathematician

7th cousin 3 times removed
via John Warren

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Samuel J. Tilden

25th Governor of New York

5th cousin 2 times removed
via John Sutton

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Melville Fuller

8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

6th cousin
via Thomas Flagg

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Benjamin Apthorp Gould

Founder of The Astronomical Journal

5th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Flagg

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John Stream

(c1621 - 1685)
Truelove passenger 1635

5th great-granduncle
via Thomas Stream

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George Howard Earle

30th Governor of Pennsylvania

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Henry Scott

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Joe Keery

TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 6 times removed
via Christian Penn

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Joe Keery

TV and Movie Actor

7th cousin 5 times removed
via Thomas Stream

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Charlie Baker

72nd Governor of Massachusetts

6th cousin 3 times removed
via David Wheeler

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Charles Edward Merrill

Co-Founder of Merrill Lynch & Company

6th cousin 1 time removed
via John Bigelow

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James Merrill

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

6th cousin 2 times removed
via John Bigelow

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Adrienne Marden

Movie Actress

7th cousin 3 times removed
via John Wheeler

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

7th cousin 3 times removed
via John Wheeler

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Brooke Adams

TV and Movie Actress

5th cousin 3 times removed
via William Arnold

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Curtis Guild

43rd Governor of Massachusetts

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Christian Penn

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Curtis Guild

43rd Governor of Massachusetts

8th cousin
via Richard Whitman

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Edward Garfield

(c1583 - 1672)
Great Migration Immigrant 1634

5th great-grandfather

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William Carpenter

(c1605 - 1658/9)
Bevis passenger 1638

6th great-grandfather

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Elizabeth Banks

TV and Movie Actress

7th cousin 6 times removed
via John Warren

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Elizabeth Banks

TV and Movie Actress

6th cousin 6 times removed
via Matthew Bridge

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Paget Brewster

TV Actress

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Christian Penn

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Kristen Wiig

TV and Movie Actress

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Christian Penn

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