Lead: Though their early years were tough, Lucretia Garfield, President James Garfield, knew her husband was destined for great things.  

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Both Garfields were deeply religious, attending Disciples of Christ schools, where they met. When the future President left to go east to Williams College to complete his education, the courtship continued. It was an on-and-off troubled relationship, with little deep affection on his part at first even after their marriage in 1858. Continued separation when he was elected to the Ohio Senate and when he served in the Civil War complicated matters, and it was not until he returned on sick leave in 1862 that they began to knit their marriage more firmly.

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