James A. Garfield 1870 Manuscript Letter Signed as Congressman – “In Regard To The Governorship, My Tastes Do Not Run In That Direction”

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**  “In regard to the governorship, my tastes do not run in that direction”  **

20th President.  Two-page, recto and verso of one 7.75×9.75 sheet, manuscript letter signed “J.A. Garfield”, December 22 1870, to Orlando Morgan in Warren, Ohio, a constituent and friend of Garfield’s, in full:

Yours of the 17th inst., with the enclosed slip from the ‘Chronical’, is received. The article is very generous and I have written to Mr. Ritezel thanking him for it. I’m very much obliged to you for your letter and for any letter you may ever see fit to write me.

In regard to the governorship, my tastes do not run in that direction, and though the subject is being discussed throughout the state, and I am receiving many letters on the subject, it has all proceeded without my suggestion or consent, and a good many of our friends in the state are writing to me that they believe it will be my duty to accept for the good of the party. I do not think so and I certainly hope there will be no such necessity.

Garfield served in the House of Representatives from 1863 until the day he was inaugurated President of the United States. He was widely popular, so efforts were made in Ohio to strengthen the party by bringing him back to the state by electing him governor. He resisted these efforts, preferring to remain in Washington, the center of national political power.