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James Garfield

James Garfield
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John Quincy Adams Ward, 29 Jun 1830 - 1 May 1910
James Abram Garfield, 19 Nov 1831 - 19 Sep 1881
c. 1883-1887
Bronze on an integral bronze base
With Base: 47.6 x 14.6 x 14cm (18 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 5 1/2")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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While serving in the Ohio infantry, James A. Garfield was elected to Congress in 1862; he represented his home state for eighteen years. Nominated by the Republican Party as its presidential candidate in 1880, he was elected president and inaugurated on March 4, 1881. Garfield had served only four months in office when, on July 2, he was shot by religious fanatic Charles J. Guiteau. Mortally wounded, Garfield died in September. His assassination led to an outpouring of national mourning, which resulted in numerous full-length paintings and sculptures. This small figure appears to be a trial casting a larger statue in Washington, D.C., completed by John Quincy Adams Ward in 1887.
(Skinner Auctions, October 1 2005, lot 146), Boston. (Post Road Gallery), Larchmont, NY; sold to NPG 2008
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