Harry Augustus Garfield

Harry Augustus Garfield

Harry Augustus Garfield

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Harry Augustus "Hal" Garfield (Hiram, Ohio, October 11, 1863 – December 12, 1942, Williamstown, Massachusetts) was an American lawyer, academic and public official. He was president of Williams College and supervised the Federal Fuel Administration during World War I.


He was the son of U.S. President James A. Garfield and the brother and law partner of Secretary of the Interior James Rudolph Garfield. At the age of 17, his father was shot down by assassin Charles Guiteau as he and his 15-year-old brother James watched in horror.

After graduating from Williams College in 1885, he taught Roman history and Latin for a year in St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire, and from 1888 to 1903 practised law in Cleveland. He was professor of contracts in the law school of Western Reserve University from 1891 to 1897, and in 1896 helped to organize the municipal association of Cleveland, where he also served as president of the Chamber of Commerce from 1908 to 1909. He was professor of politics at Princeton University from 1903 to 1908. While at Princeton, he befriended future president Woodrow Wilson. In 1908, Garfield became a law professor and eighth president of his alma mater, Williams College in Massachusetts. He was president of the American Political Science Association from 1921 to 1922.

In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson asked him to run the nation's Federal Fuel Administration during World War I. Garfield's duty was to conserve the coal supply and...
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