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From Canal Boy to President

Or the Boyhood and Manhood of James A. Garfield

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Published: 1881
Language: English
Wordcount: 61,211 / 180 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 1,135
Added to site: 2005.07.20
mnybks.net#: 11041
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Biography
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, Jimmy learned one thing--that he was handy with tools, and was well fitted to become a carpenter. When the joiner told him that he was born to be a carpenter, he thought with joy that this unexpected talent would enable him to help his mother, and earn something toward the family expenses. So, for the next two years he worked at this new business when opportunity offered, and if my reader should go to Chagrin Falls, Ohio, he could probably find upon inquiry several barns in the vicinity which Jimmy helped to build.

He still went to school, however, and obtained such knowledge of the mysteries of grammar, arithmetic, and geography as could be obtained in the common schools of that day.

But Jimmy Garfield was not born to be a carpenter, and I believe never got so far along as to assist in building a house.

He was employed to build a wood-shed for a black-salter, ten miles away from his mother's house, and when the job was finished his employer fell into conversation with him, and being a

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