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From Canal Boy to President Or the Boyhood and Manhood of James A. Garfield   By: (1832-1899)

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[Illustration: JAMES A. GARFIELD, AT THE AGE OF 16. Copied by permission of J.F. RYDER, Cleveland, G. ]

FROM

CANAL BOY TO PRESIDENT,

OR THE

BOYHOOD AND MANHOOD

OF

JAMES A. GARFIELD.

BY

HORATIO ALGER, JR.,

AUTHOR OF RAGGED DICK; LUCK AND PLUCK; TATTERED TOM, ETC.

ILLUSTRATED .

NEW YORK

AMERICAN PUBLISHERS CORPORATION

310 318 SIXTH AVENUE

1881

TO

HARRY AND JAMES GARFIELD

WHOSE PRIVATE SORROW

IS THE PUBLIC GRIEF,

THIS MEMORIAL OF THEIR ILLUSTRIOUS FATHER

Is inscribed

WITH THE WARMEST SYMPATHY.

GENERAL PREFACE.

The present series of volumes has been undertaken with the view of supplying the want of a class of books for children, of a vigorous, manly tone, combined with a plain and concise mode of narration. The writings of Charles Dickens have been selected as the basis of the scheme, on account of the well known excellence of his portrayal of children, and the interests connected with children qualities which have given his volumes their strongest hold on the hearts of parents. These delineations having thus received the approval of readers of mature age, it seemed a worthy effort to make the young also participants in the enjoyment of these classic fictions, to introduce the children of real life to these beautiful children of the imagination.

With this view, the career of Little Nell and her Grandfather, Oliver, Little Paul, Florence Dombey, Smike, and the Child Wife, have been detached from the large mass of matter with which they were originally connected, and presented, in the author's own language, to a new class of readers, to whom the little volumes will we doubt not, be as attractive as the larger originals have so long proved to the general public. We have brought down these famous stories from the library to the nursery the parlor table to the child's hands having a precedent for the proceeding, if one be needed, in the somewhat similar work, the Tales from Shakespeare, by one of the choicest of English authors and most reverential of scholars, Charles Lamb.

Newtonville, Mass.

PREFACE.

If I am asked why I add one to the numerous Lives of our dead President, I answer, in the words of Hon. Chauncey M. Depew, because "our annals afford no such incentive to youth as does his life, and it will become one of the Republic's household stories."

I have conceived, therefore, that a biography, written with a view to interest young people in the facts of his great career, would be a praiseworthy undertaking. The biography of General Garfield, however imperfectly executed, can not but be profitable to the reader. In this story, which I have made as attractive as I am able, I make no claim to originality. I have made free use of such materials as came within my reach, including incidents and reminiscences made public during the last summer, and I trust I have succeeded, in a measure, in conveying a correct idea of a character whose nobility we have only learned to appreciate since death has snatched our leader from us.

I take pleasure in acknowledging my obligations to two Lives of Garfield, one by Edmund Kirke, the other by Major J.M. Bundy. Such of my readers as desire a more extended account of the later life of Gen. Garfield, I refer to these well written and instructive works.

HORATIO ALGER, JR.

New York, Oct . 8, 1881.

CONTENTS.

I. THE FIRST PAIR OF SHOES

II. GROWING IN WISDOM AND STATURE

III. IN QUEST OF FORTUNE

IV. ON THE TOW PATH

V. AN IMPORTANT CONVERSATION

VI. JAMES LEAVES THE CANAL

VII. THE CHOICE OF A VOCATION

VIII. GEAUGA SEMINARY

IX. WAYS AND MEANS

X. A COUSIN'S REMINISCENCES

XI. LEDGE HILL SCHOOL

XII. WHO SHALL BE MASTER?

XIII. JAMES LEAVES GEAUGA SEMINARY

XIV. AT HIRAM INSTITUTE

XV. THREE BUSY YEARS

XVI. ENTERING WILLIAMS COLLEGE

XVII. LIFE IN COLLEGE

XVIII. THE CANAL BOY BECOMES A COLLEGE PRESIDENT

XIX. GARFIELD AS A COLLEGE PRESIDENT

XX. GARFIELD BECOMES A STATE SENATOR

XXI. A DIFFICULT DUTY

XXII. JOHN JORDAN'S DANGEROUS JOURNEY

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