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20th James A Garfield- Republican 1881-1881

james a garfield
  • Major General for the Union under Lincoln
  • Speaking during his inauguration, Garfield celebrated the dissolution of slavery and called it “the most important political change” since the Constitution
  • Garfield also appointed four black men to his administration, including activist Frederick Douglass as recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia.
  • shot within 4 months of presidency

Probably would have been a good president for Blacks, but sadly we will never know. 


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