Lucretia Garfield Biography

U.S. First Lady (1832–1918)
Lucretia Garfield was the wife of President James Garfield and, thusly, first lady of the United States for nine months.


When she became first lady in 1881, Lucretia Garfield carefully researched the history of the White House and her predecessors, but she also steered an independent course. In May 1881, she became ill with malaria and went to Long Branch, New Jersey, to recuperate. On July 2, 1881, word reached her that her husband had been shot, and he died two months later, leaving her a widow with five children.

Fact Check

We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us!