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Lucretia Rudolph Garfield
Birth: Apr. 19, 1832
Garrettsville
Portage County
Ohio, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1918
Pasadena
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Presidential First Lady. Her tenure in Washington lasted but 200 days. James Garfield's Inaugural Ball was held at the Smithsonian institute where an electric lamp was on display to the amazement of all who attended. Shortly after, Lucretia Garfield became ill with malaria and went to Elberon, New Jersey for rest and recuperation when word arrived that her husband had been shot. She returned to Washington by special train, frail and fatigued to personally tend to her husband. The President was taken to Elberon for treatment during the three months he fought for his life. Attending doctors were unable to locate the bullet lodged in President's Garfield stomach and they may have caused an infection with non-sterile instruments that led to his death. After his burial in Cleveland, the family returned home to their farm in Mentor, Ohio. Lucretia Rudolph was born in Garrettsville, Ohio her father was Zebulon Rudolph one of the founders of Hiram College. She was educated at home until the age of sixteen then attended school in nearby Chesterland where she met James A. Garfield. She enrolled in Hiram College then known as Western Reserve Electic College, graduated and began her teaching career with assignments in Cleveland, Ravenna and Chagrin Falls. Letter writing to James Garfield culminated in Courtship and finally marriage. Their relationship in the beginning was very unstable due to the amount of time spent apart. Garfield was rewarded for his outstanding civil war record with a seat in the House of Representatives. The marriage grew stronger as Lucretia and her children joined him in Washington. Of seven children, two died and five achieved adulthood. Garfield's election to the Presidency brought a cheerful family to the White House only to be overshadowed by death and illness. After the death of the President and burial, the family returned home to their residence in Mentor, Ohio. (Lawnfield) Lucretia Garfield remained here for many years remodeling the residence with the addition of many rooms including a library to house the President's huge collection of books. She added a carriage house and finally a windmill. The house today is preserved and is a favorite destination of tourist where they are able to view the many mementos from the Garfield family. She had many grandchildren and kept up her interest in politics. She rolled bandages for the Spanish War and for World War I. Finding the Ohio winters too cold, Lucretia moved to California and constructed a house in Pasadena. she was an honored guest in the first Rose Bowl parade. Lucretia remained a widow and lived 36 years after the death of her husband. She died at her Pasadena home at the age of eighty five then taken to Cleveland and interred in the same mausoleum beside her husband at Lakeview Cemetery. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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 Parents:
  Zeb Rudolph (1803 - 1897)
  Arabella Mason Rudolph (1810 - 1879)
 
 Spouse:
  James Abram Garfield (1831 - 1881)*
 
 Children:
  Eliza Arabella Garfield (1860 - 1863)*
  Harry Augustus Garfield (1863 - 1942)*
  James Rudolph Garfield (1865 - 1950)*
  Mary Mollie Garfield Stanley-Brown (1867 - 1947)*
  Irvin McDowell Garfield (1870 - 1951)*
  Abram Garfield (1872 - 1958)*
  Edward Garfield (1874 - 1876)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lucretia Rudolph Garfield (1832 - 1918)
  John C Rudolph (1835 - 1862)*
  Joseph H Rudolph (1841 - 1934)*
  Ellen "Nellie" Rudolph Rockwell (1845 - 1933)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lake View Cemetery
Cleveland
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Her casket is in the same tomb as President Garfield.
 
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Record added: Jan 21, 2001
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