James A. Garfield, the 20th president of the United States, made his home at Lawnfield from 1876 until his death in 1881. Here he conducted the first “front porch” presidential campaign, giving speeches from the verandah. The many reporters camped out on the lawns around the house gave the property its name. Garfield was a leader of the Radical Republicans in the House of Representatives when he received the nomination as a “dark horse” candidate for president in 1880. He began his presidency with attacks on political patronage and corruption, but his assassination by a deranged office-seeker cut short what might have been a vigorous administration. He was shot twice in the back on July 2, 1881, and endured two months in agony before dying on September 19.
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Category:Architecture and Structures
Subcategory:Places of Interest
Keywords:Garfield, Historic, Home, House, James, Lawnfield, Mentor, National, Ohio, Park, Site