Side A: Birthplace of James A. Garfield. James Abram Garfield, 20th President of the United States, was born here in 1831. His father died when he was two, but the family remained on the farm where James helped when he was not attending school. He continued to live here through his years as a driver and bowsman on the canal and as a student at Geauga Seminary and Hiram Eclectic Institute (later Hiram College). He left here in 1859 when he was elected to the Ohio Senate. Side B: Same. Birthplace of : James Abram Garfield, 20th President of the United States, November 19, 1831. This was formerly called Orange Township.