About Collecting James A. Garfield Autographs
James A. Garfield pioneered the extensive use of secretaries to handle correspondence. Starting from when he entered Congress during the Civil War and continuing right up to his inauguration, perhaps he wrote out half his letters himself. Garfield letters tend to be brief and deal with the matter at hand or explain or justify some position he has taken. Few are of real interest, but to be fair, his letter-writing was cut off early by his assassination.