James A. Garfield

Political Offices

In what scandal was he implicated?

Garfield was implicated in the Credit Mobilier scandal that came to light during the Grant administration. He was accused of accepting ten shares of Credit Mobilier stock and a three hundred dollar loan from a company that had engaged in an illegal business venture with Union Pacific Railroad. He also allegedly accepted legal fees from a company that bid on a government contract for street repairs in Washington, D.C. Garfield had to testify before a legislative committee as to the Credit Mobilier scandal. He avoided any serious problems to his reputation and career.


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