Bundle of 2 - US Presidents - #20 - Garfield & His Elections

Bundle of 2 - US Presidents - #20 - Garfield & His Elections
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This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentations on the presidency of James A Garfield & a summary of issues which led up to his election. Both presentations together number 30 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.

James Garfield was elected as the United States' 20th President in 1881, after 9 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. His Presidency was impactful, but cut short after 200 days when he was assassinated. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau, at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in WDC, less than 4 months into his term as the President.

Garfield died 11 weeks later on September 19, 1881, the 2nd of 4 Presidents to be assassinated. His Vice President, Chester A. Arthur, succeeded Garfield as President. The last of the log cabin Garfield attacked political corruption and won back for the Presidency a measure of prestige it had lost during the Reconstruction period.

Less than 4 months after his inauguration, President Garfield arrived at the Washington railroad depot to catch a train for a summer's retreat on the NJ seashore. As Garfield made his way through the station, Charles Guiteau raced from the shadows and fired 2 shots point blank into the president. One grazed Garfield's arm; the other lodged in his abdomen. Exclaiming, "My God, what is this?" the president collapsed to the floor remaining fully conscious, but in a great deal of pain.

He suffered greatly from these wounds and eventually died from them, slowly, painfully with inadequate medical care.

Power point #1 is entitled, US Presidents - #20 - James A Garfield and contains 15 slides and covers the following:

Background Summaries
Early Life
Marriage & Family
Military & Political Background
Election of 1880
President Garfield
Power Struggle
Poor Medical Treatment
Guiteau Hanged
End of Presentation

The election of 1880 was as rich in partisan wrangling as it was lacking in major issues. Factional rivalry in the Republican party between NY senator Roscoe Conkling’s Stalwarts and Half-Breed followers of James G. Blaine resulted in a convention in which neither Blaine nor the Stalwart choice, former president Ulysses S. Grant, could gain the nomination.

On the 36th ballot, a compromise choice, Senator James A. Garfield of OH, was nominated. Stalwart Chester A. Arthur of NY was chosen as his running mate to mollify Conkling’s followers.

The 1884 election was much different. This race, marred by negative campaigning and corruption, ended in the election of the first Democratic president since 1856.

The Republicans split into three camps: Dissident reformers, called the Mugwumps, who were opposed to party and government graft. Stalwarts, Ulysses S. Grant supporters who had fought civil service reform. Half-Breeds, moderate reformers and high-tariff men loyal to the party.

The Republicans nominated James G. Blaine of ME, a charismatic former congressman and secretary of state popular for his protectionism, but of doubtful honesty because of his role in the scandal of the “Mulligan letters” in the 1870s.

Cleveland defeated Blaine by a very close margin, 4,911,017 to 4,848,334; the vote in the electoral college was 219 to 182, with NY’s 36 votes turning the tide.

Power point #2 is entitled, US Presidential Elections - Election of 1880 & 1884 - Garfield-Cleveland and contains 15 slides and covers the following:

Presidential Elections
Few Issues
Weak Field
Party Platforms
Close Election
Garfield Wins
Corrupt Election
Vicious Campaign
Cleveland Wins
End of Presentation

This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading....US Presidents.
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