The Ohio Statehouse and the National Park Service Partner to Honor U.S. President and Ohio Senator James A. Garfield
March 7, 2014

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and James A. Garfield National Historic Site (National Park Service) will honor the 20th President of the United States Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. Dr. Todd Arrington, chief of interpretation and education for James A. Garfield NHS, and Andrew Mizsak, master volunteer ranger, will conduct two historical presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio Channel will live stream the 10 a.m. presentation at:

James A. Garfield was born in Cuyahoga County (Orange Township), Ohio, in 1831. The last of the “log cabin Presidents” Garfield was a voracious reader as a youth and a natural academic. Upon graduation from Williams College in Massachusetts in 1856 Garfield returned to the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (now Hiram College) as a classics professor and was later president of the institution.

Garfield was elected in 1859 to serve in the 54th Ohio General Assembly from 1860-1861, representing Portage and Summit counties. With the start of the American Civil War, Garfield organized the 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry in Aug. 1861. In Dec.1863, Garfield resigned from the Army to take his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the time Garfield was the youngest major general in the Union Army.

Arrington and Mizsak will highlight Garfield’s contribution to the state of Ohio prior to his ascension to the presidency in 1881. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about a “Great Ohioan.” The presentation is free and open to the public.

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