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President James Garfield

November 30, 1880
Source: The Library of Congress

President James Garfield was shot by an assassin only four months into his term. Had Garfield served his term, historians speculate that he would have been determined to move toward civil service reform and carry on in the clean government tradition of his predecessor, President Rutherford Hayes. Garfield also supported education for black southerners and called for African American suffrage, as he stressed in his Inaugural Address.

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