Lucretia Garfield (1832-1918) was an American first lady (March 4–September 19, 1881), and the wife of James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United States. Although she served as first lady for only a few months because of her husband's assassination, she was independent-minded, well-educated and a talented speaker, and her approach toward her role as first lady presaged that of her 20th-century counterparts.
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One of the guests first lady Lucretia Garfield welcomed at the few public receptions she gave before becoming ill with malaria was Charles Guiteau, the disgruntled Republican office seeker who would shoot and mortally wound her husband in July 1881.
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