Front Porch Campaign

Front Porch Campaign (HMX22)

Location: Mentor, OH 44060 Lake County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 39.826', W 81° 21.064'

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From July to November 1880, Republican candidate James A. Garfield staged his presidential campaign from his home. Using this porch as his rostrum, Garfield delivered dozens of speeches - some more than two hours long - to more than 15,000 supporters during the campaign.

Garfield's "Front Porch Campaign" was a new approach. Before 1880, presidential candidates usually did not get personally involved in their own campaigns; they typically let their party's best speakers campaign for them. But since Garfield was one of the best orators of his day, he spoke for himself throughout the campaign - and changed the way future candidates ran for president.

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James A. Garfield, Ulysses S. Grant, Roscoe Conkling, and Marshall Jewell standing in front of Garfield's front porch in September 1880, after signing the "Treaty of Mentor" which ended a rift in the Republican Party.

[Photo A caption reads] This group of black Civil War veterans from Cleveland came to hear Garfield speak in October 1880.

[Photo B caption reads] The Garfield Band on the front porch, 1880. Music was frequently played during 19th-century election campaigns.
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HM NumberHMX22
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Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 5:29pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 470772 N 4612505
Decimal Degrees41.66376667, -81.35106667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 39.826', W 81° 21.064'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 39' 49.56" N, 81° 21' 3.84" W
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Area Code(s)440
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8071 Mentor Ave, Mentor OH 44060, US
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