(1832-1918 who worked as a teacher and had been a classmate of his at the Eclectic Institute. He thought jobs should go to those most qualified.
On July 2, 1881 Garfield was shot by assassin Charles. He then spent two years at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and proved himself to be a strong student and skilled public speaker. President, Garfield's agenda of civil service reform and civil rights was cut short when he was shot by a disgruntled office seeker in July 1881. Activities Take a ten question quiz about this page. In his spare time, he spoke publicly in support of the Republican Party and abolition.