Education: Hiram Still Hiram

To the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute at Hiram, Ohio, went in 1851 a young man, log-cabin-born, who had been a canal-boat driver, farmer, carpenter. The Institute was new, had been founded the year before by the Church of the Disciples of Christ. James Abram Garfield studied there three years and then, ambitious, went on to Williams College. In 1856 he returned to the little village which (so the story . went) had been chosen by the Disciples of Christ because its doctor had a dilapidated buggy, a bony nag-his poverty suggesting that...

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