Today is the birthday of the 20th U.S. President, James Garfield, who was born in a log cabin in 1831. He was a military general and a 9-time U.S. Congressman before he became president; an office he did not seek: "This honor came to me unsought. I never had the presidential fever; not even for a day." Garfield never agreed to be a candidate for president but was nominated anyway. (Can anyone imagine that scenario happening today?) It might have been better for Garfield if he had not accepted the nomination as his presidency lasted only 200 days. He died from wounds inflected by an assassin's bullet.