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Old 09-29-2011, 01:57 PM
Location: Home is where the heart is
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The Wall Street Journal just had an article that said James Garfield is one of the lest remembered presidents. That made me laugh because he's one of the presidents I know best, just because I lived in Cleveland.

When we lived in Cleveland, my kids took regular field trips to visit the Garfield Monument and also had a lesson or two on him. Part of that may be because one of their classmates was Daniel Garfield, a direct descendant.

I wonder, do they still take kids to the monument? Do they still teach them about Garfield's presidency and his assassination? I remember there were a lot of important things they learned, the ones that stuck with my kids were how at that time it wasn't considered "American" for a president to have bodyguards, and also the importance of sterilized instruments. The kids even debated if Alexander Graham Bell should have been allowed to use his new invention to (possibly) save Garfield's life. Is that still a special Cleveland school subject or did all that end years ago?

And, did Danny grow up to become a local leader in Cleveland, following in the footsteps of his grandfather?
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:14 AM
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I've never heard of Daniel Garfield, so I would say no. Speaking with the people at Lawnfield, there aren't many of Garfield's descendants that still live in the area. They do visit and help out Lawnfield quite often though.

I don't think many schools go out to the monument. If anything, they go to Lawnfield since it really tells Garfield's story better. I did not go to school here so I don't know how much they teach about Garfield in the local classrooms.

Until I moved to Cleveland, I wasn't very familiar with Garfield. I agree that he's a forgotten president. The new book Destiny of the Republic goes into all that and I'm sure that's what the WSJ piece was based on.

Lawnfield doesn't seem to be a very popular place which is too bad. The same can be said for the Rutherford Hayes House which is just down the road. I find most people forget about these places when people talk about things to do while in the area. If you search around this forum , Lawnfield is rarely mentioned in any suggestions. The monument and cemetery is, but Lawnfield tends to be forgotten just like Garfield often is. I don't think people realize what a terrific place Lawnfield is. It should be a required place to go for anyone that lives in or is visiting the region.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:14 AM
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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My parents and I toured Garfield's home a few summers ago, we really enjoyed it.

Many people also think President McKinley is from Canton, but he was born in Niles (where they have a replica house on Main St., a library and museum) and grew up in Poland.
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