Name: James Garfield
Term Served: 1881
Birth State: Ohio
Religion: Disciples of Christ
Elected Age: 49
Age At Death: 49
James Garfield (1831-81) was confirmed as the twentieth U.S. president in March 1881 and he kicked the bucket in September of that very year from a professional killer’s bullet, making his period in office the second-most brief in U.S. presidential history, after William Henry Harrison (1773-1841).
Garfield was an independent man who turned into a school president in his mid-20s. During the U.S. Civil War (1861-65), he battled for the Union and rose to the position of major general. Garfield, a Republican, proceeded to stand for his home state in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served from 1863 to 1881.
In 1880, a partitioned Republican Party picked Garfield as its presidential candidate. Subsequent to winning the general political election, his short timeframe in office was set apart by political wrangling. In July 1881, Garfield was shot by a displeased constituent and kicked the bucket under a quarter of a year later.