I received this in e-mail today and wanted to share it. I like what President Garfield had to say.
American Minute with Bill Federer
One bullet grazed his elbow, but a second lodged in the back of President James
Garfield, who was shot this day, July 2, 1881, as he waited in the Washington
He had been in office four months. Though not wounded seriously, unsterile
medical practices caused him to die two months later.
A distinguished Civil War major general, James Garfield was also a college
president and a preacher for the Disciples of Christ.
In his Inaugural Address, March, 4, 1881, President Garfield stated:
“Let our people find a new meaning in the divine oracle which declares
that ‘a little child shall lead them,’ for our own little children will soon
control the destinies of the Republic…
Our children will not be divided…concerning our controversies. They will
surely bless their fathers and their fathers’ God that the Union was preserved,
that slavery was overthrown, and that both races were made equal before the
Earlier, as a Congressman chairing the Committee on Appropriations, James
Garfield stated July 4, 1876:
“If the next century does not find us a great nation…it will be because
those who represent the…morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the