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c.1890 James Rudolph Garfield President’s Son Cabinet Card Photo by Edger Decker
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This lot is an original antique cabinet card photo of James Rudolph Garfield. The photo was taken by well-known Cleveland, Ohio photographer, Edger Decker. The cabinet card is approximately 6.5″ tall by 4.25″ wide. Confirmation that the photo is Garfield can be found in the American Monthly Review of Reviews, May 1902 in which this photo was used with his name.

James Rudolph Garfield, born in 1865, was the son of President James A. Garfield and First Lady Lucretia Garfield. He followed in his father’s footsteps in the realm of public service, serving as a U.S. Congressman from Ohio. Garfield was known for his dedication to civil rights and his advocacy for labor reform. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in the creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission. He served as Secretary of the Interior during President Theodore Roosevelt’s administration. Despite a promising political career, he stepped away from politics to pursue business interests and later became president of the Garfield Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. His legacy is one of integrity, service, and commitment to social progress.

Edger Decker maintained a studio in Cleveland for over 40 years, producing an enormous volume of work that included portraits of old pioneers, lawyers, businessmen, physicians, society women, and families. In 1862 he photographed Cleveland regiments encamped outside the city prior to their involvement in the CIVIL WAR. Decker won many prizes for his portraits of famous statesmen, soldiers, diplomats, and actors and actresses. Among these were 4 presidents—Garfield, Grant, Hayes, and McKinley—as well as Gen. Sheridan.

All our items are kept in a smoke-free and pet-free environment.

This photo is in fair condition with no tears or creases. It has several pin holes around the edge as well as foxing over much of the surface and edge wear. At some point in its history, someone wrote Garfield’s name on the photo in pencil. It has a pressure indentation across the top of “E. Decker” in the lower left corner. The back has some light damage. Please review the included photos of the actual item to make a complete determination of its condition.


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