Volumes 13-19: 1874-1879

President James A. Garfield (1831-1881) used his diary to record the challenges he faced as a self-made man, his activities, intellectual curiosity, accomplishments and defeats, family life, travels, and comments on the people, events, and society of his time. Learn more about the rich inner life of one of America’s more remarkable, but lesser-known presidents.

The seven volumes included in this section focus heavily on Garfield’s political career as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (R-OH), the national events in which he was a participant in or an observer of, his interest in cultural and literary activities, and his relationships with family and friends. Continuing a practice that began in 1872, secretary George U. Rose transcribed many diary entries on behalf of Rep. Garfield, although Garfield’s own handwriting is observed throughout the volumes.