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From Canal Boy to President: James Garfield by Horatio Alger

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From Canal Boy to President by Horatio Alger

The Boyhood and Manhood of James A. Garfield

ILLUSTRATED -   The life of James A. Garfield is recounted in this fictionalized biography from his youth in upstate New York to his brief presidency and tragic assassination. Aka: A Boy's Life of Garfield.  From Canal Boy to President is a biography of America’s twentieth president, James Garfield. At an early age, James Garfield is eager to pursue a life at sea. However, he is thwarted in his attempts by his mother who persuades him to travel to Cleveland and obtain employment. When this proves to be an unsuccessful endeavor, Garfield seeks out his uncle, a sea captain. Garfield stops just short of heading to sea and is hired as a canal boy. Unfortunately, he becomes ill with fever and ague. Concerned for her son’s health, his mother decides to send Garfield to school. Here beings the exciting path to his Presidential position, which took time, friends, and intelligence.

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