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  • But the canal-boy is bound to have a fight; so every man who has strength to march is ordered to come forward.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865

  • To the Ohio canal-boy was committed the task of extinguishing this conflagration.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865

  • But the canal-boy, who had so swiftly risen from his humble position to the post of college president and major-general, till at the age of thirty-two he sat in the national council the youngest member, was not daunted.

    From Canal Boy to President

  • For the present, however, his duties as a canal-boy must be attended to, and they were soon to be resumed.

    From Canal Boy to President

  • So Jim Garfield, the canal-boy, has become a general.

    From Canal Boy to President

  • Both as a boy and as a man he possessed great physical strength, as may be inferred from an incident told by the Boston Journal of his life when he was no longer the humble canal-boy, but a brigadier-general in the army:

    From Canal Boy to President

  • The little army was saved from starvation by the canal-boy, who had not forgotten his old trade.

    From Canal Boy to President

  • Though in his rustic garb he was not well enough dressed to act as clerk in a Cleveland store, no one complained that he was not well enough attired for a canal-boy.

    From Canal Boy to President

  • After all, however, the important question to consider is, “What sort of a college president did this humble canal-boy, who counted it promotion when he was elected a janitor and bell-ringer, become?”

    From Canal Boy to President

  • It was felt that the poor Ohio canal-boy had fitted himself, after an arduous struggle with poverty, for the high post to which he was likely to be called.

    From Canal Boy to President

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