Monday, March 16, 2009

Mentor, Ohio: Lawnfield

James Garfield didn't get to be President of the United States for very long -- an assassination took care of that -- but at least he's remembered at his home east of Cleveland in Mentor, Ohio. The facility is very well preserved.

The visitors' center has the story of his life, including a replica of his swearing-in ceremony. Tours are available of his house. When we were there, the place was fixed up really nice for a wedding scheduled for that night -- complete with Mrs. Garfield in period costume.

Here's a picture of the front of the house. You could argue that modern political campaigning started here. During his Presidential run, Garfield made long speeches from his front porch, a departure from having associates speak for him. Reporters came from far and wide to write down Garfield's words.

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