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Garfield and the Money Men

November 4, 2013

James Garfield, despite having been a Union general, U.S. Congressman, and President of the United States, does not appear on any current denomination of paper money, but he did know many of those whose portraits grace U.S. currency.

He was mentored in public finance by Salmon P. Chase ($10,000 bill).

He served in the U.S. Congress with William McKinley ($500 bill), who later became the 25th U.S. President.

He defeated former President Grant ($50 bill) for the Republican presidential nomination in 1880.

Although Garfield had been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in October 1862, the first session of the 38th Congress did not begin until December 1863.  This gave General Garfield time to be involved in the Battle of Chickamauga and to consider whether he should stay in the Army or take his seat in Congress.  It was Abraham Lincoln ($5 bill) who persuaded Garfield that he was needed in Washington.

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