Item: Farmer Garfield
Record Number: 1806
Box Number: 7
Folder Number: 25
Reproduction restrictions: None
Artist: Unknown Artist
Depicts: Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881
Publisher: Currier & Ives
Repository: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Date of Original: 1880
Item Format: Print › Photocopy
Image description: 1880 Republican presidential candidate James A. Garfield, uses his scythe of "Honesty, Ability and Patriotism" to cut a path to the White House. He crushes the heads of two snakes with his feet. The first snake is labeled "calumny" and the second "falsehood." With his scythe he cuts away at the weeds and other snakes labeled "malice, defamation, hatred, venom, and fraud." The snake labeled "venom" has the face of one of his political opponents.
Garfield won his party's nomination after the incumbent, Rutherford B. Hayes, decided not to run for a third term. Garfield and his running mate, Chester A. Arthur, beat their democratic opponents Winfield S. Hancock and William Hayden English by fewer than 10,000 popular votes. Garfield was later assassinated by Charles Guiteau only 200 days into his presidency.