In 1880, James A. Garfield won the country's highest office. He never wanted it.


When most people hear the name “Garfield,” odds are that James Abram Garfield, the United States’ 20th president, doesn’t come to mind—if anything, they probably think of a certain orange cat who just hates Mondays. Beyond the fog of post-Civil War history, though, there are two surprising facts that make Garfield a person of note for ministry leaders: he was the only President to also serve as an ordained minister, and he never actually aspired to be President in the first place. Here’s a beautiful, brief piece about the humility of America’s only ordained President.