Fame did not interest Lucretia Garfield, wife of our twentieth President. In 1882, and again in 1887, she was invited to have her biography included in books about distinguished or famous American women. She refused in both cases stating that she was not distinguished. The story of James A Garfield's spectacular rise to the presidency of the United States has been told many times. But the forceful influence of his wife, Lucretia, has received little attention. So successful was she in staying out of the public eye that her name gradually vanished from sight. This new book explores the life of this accomplished and fascinating woman.
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Page xiv - And who knows? Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the President's spouse. I wish him well!
Page xiii - ... interim between her husband's election and his inauguration and Ellen Arthur just prior to her husband's Vice Presidency. The wives of both Thomas Jefferson and Martin Van Buren passed away years before their presidencies. But they were exceptions. Only two bachelor presidents have been elected, Grover Cleveland and James Buchanan, however the former married while in office. Three presidential wives died while serving in the White House: Letitia Tyler, Caroline Harrison, and Ellen Wilson. However,...