Garfield, Lucretia R.

1904 New Years Eve ALS , regrets she has no autographs of General Garfield with her

Price: $295.00

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(1832-1918) First Lady March 4-Sept. 19, 1881, wife of President James A. Garfield. After a long courtship, they married in 1858 and had 7 children together, five living to adulthood. Highly educated and intellectually curious, she proved to be of great aid to her husband's political career. She was well regarded during her brief period in the White House, but after only a few months contracted malaria and went to Long Branch, New Jersey to recuperate. In July 1881, Garfield was shot and mortally wounded by assassin Charles Guiteau. He lingered 2 1/2 months before dying, during which she stayed at his bedside and received much public sympathy. After being widowed, she returned to Ohio living in what is now the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. She spent much of the rest of her life preserving her husband's papers and other materials, establishing what was effectively the1st presidential library. ALS on 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 black-bordered monogrammed letterhead, Pasadena, California, December 31 1904, to a Miss De Harsey whose letter has been forwarded tp Mrs. Garfield in Pasadena where she is spending the winter. She has no autographs of General Garfield with her but sends her kind regards.

Condition: Very good, slight ink smear at top
Type:Letter






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