James A. Garfield Monument

Monument with U.S. Capital

The James A. Garfield monument was unveiled on May 12, 1887 on the grounds of the United States Capital.  It is a monument dedicated to President Garfield who was elected in 1880 and sadly, assassinated in 1881.  President Garfield only served four months in office.

Monument

The monument was sculpted by John Quincy Adams Ward (1830-1910).  The pedestal was designed by Richard Morris Hunt.

Pedestal created by Richard Morris Hunt

I believe the monument is fitting for a man who’s presidency was stolen from not only him but an entire nation.  I can only imagine how surreal the political and social feeling would have been during the time he was killed.  I also believe the monument explains the endurance and resiliency of the office of the president.

Street view of monument.

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