I went back to Ohio

Updated: Jun 6

At Dawson & Associates, there’s always been a special esteem for President James A. Garfield and not only because our DC headquarters sits on the site where he once lived. (For more, see here and here.)


President Garfield is an underappreciated leader whose ideas on Federal Government reform were both incisive and ahead of their time.


Recently, Edward Cowan, a retired New York Times reporter and longtime friend of our firm, visited President Garfield’s former home, a few miles south of Lake Erie in Ohio.

He took some photos and we hope you enjoy them:






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Edward Cowan: Five miles south of Lake Erie, beneath a thick canopy of beech and maple trees, stands the rambling Mentor, Ohio home of James A. Garfield, who served nine terms in the House of Representatives and, in 1881, six months as the 20th President of the United States before he died of an assassin’s gunshot wound. In 1880, from the long porch that faces broad Mentor Avenue, Garfield campaigned for the White House in a homespun way: he addressed visitors who came to hear the Republican candidate.  Garfield bought the house and farm in 1876 and gradually enlarged it. (As a Congressman he had already built a home in Washington on a site now occupied by D&A’s office.) Visitors to Lawnfield, as the Mentor home is called, can see Garfield’s extensive library, the Queen Anne style addition that the widowed Lucretia Garfield built in the 1880s, and the adjacent building that served as an 1880 campaign headquarters and telegraph station.  Maintained by the National Park Service, the site offers a film about Garfield and a guided tour of the home. Parking and entry are free.

Maj. Gen. (Ret) Don Riley Senior Vice President

Prior to joining Dawson & Associates, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Riley was Deputy Commanding General and Deputy Chief of Engineers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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