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Friday the 13th, 1881

May 13, 2014

Friday May 13, 1881 was not a good day for President Garfield.  The First Lady had an elevated pulse and a temperature of 104.  Her illness was in its eleventh day, and something had to be done.  Fortunately, Garfield’s cousin Silas Boynton had arrived late Thursday night.  By noon Friday Dr. Boynton was on the case.

The Cabinet met from noon until 2:00 P.M.  Garfield wrote in his diary: “Hard to think of business…, but forced myself…”

Garfield then received an unhappy letter from former President Grant.  He was upset regarding an appointment Garfield had made, and he said so in no uncertain terms:

“To nominate a man to the most influential position within the gift of the President in their state without consulting them [the U.S. Senators in that state], would be an undeserved slight.  To select the most obnoxious man to them in the state is more than a slight.”

Who was this “obnoxious” nominee, and what made him so objectionable to former President Grant?

One Comment
  1. Cliffhanger! I love it. Always fascinating stuff on here – keep it up!

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