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garfield, james a.

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Garfield, James A. definition

A Republican party political leader of the nineteenth century, who served as president in 1881. After only a few months in office, he was assassinated by a man who had been angered by not having received a public job under the spoils system. Garfield's assassination gave momentum to the drive to abandon the spoils system.

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