Hiram College

Garfield Society of Hiram College

The Garfield Society of Hiram College

Established by the Board of Trustees and named for James A. Garfield, the Garfield Society of Hiram College honors individuals who have demonstrated significant professional achievement and whose efforts have substantially enriched their communities. Before he served as the 20th president of the United States, Garfield was both a student and principal of the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, which later became Hiram College. Garfield Fellows are nominated by Hiram College's Board of Trustees and selected based on service to the College and their communities.

Each year, Garfield Fellows gather for an annual meeting and to pay tribute to members’ notable achievements.



The 48th meeting of the Garfield Society has been rescheduled for Friday, May 14, 2021 with more details to be announced soon. The 2019 Garfield Fellow inductees also will be honored at this time. They include:

  • Graham Chedd, Friend of the College
  • John Eklund, State Senator, Friend of the College
  • James D. Graham ’88, Trustee
  • Jane Preston Rose, Friend of the College
  • Nancy G. Rubin, Officer of the College

About James A. Garfield

President James A. Garfield served honorably and with distinction the Nineteenth Congressional District of Ohio for ten consecutive terms (1863-1880). He served his country gallantly during the Civil War (1861-1863), rising to the rank of Major General, and was the second principal of the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (1857-1863), where he had been a student (1851 – 1852) and member of the faculty. He was instrumental in paving the way for the Eclectic Institute to achieve full collegiate status as Hiram College in 1867. His varied and distinguished career included capable and outstanding service as a preacher, educator, lawyer, soldier, legislator and scholar.