Tuesday, May 19, 2009


President James Garfield
Where is the president's head? It disappeared this weekend just before the Hiram College commencement ceremonies in Hiram, Ohio. The college was recently given an 8-foot-tall 1914 carved sandstone statue of President James Garfield. Garfield, an Ohioan, was president of Hiram College before he was president of the United States. The statue was installed Thursday in front of the restored Greek Revival college building that had once been a church. By Friday morning he was headless, looking like an ancient Grecian artifact. But please, if anyone has seen Garfield's head (with full beard and mustache), let the Hiram police know at 330-569-3236. No reward, but as a trustee of the college I would be most grateful.


Dan Searing said...

James is not the only missing former college president. Relatives have long searched for the bust of Edward Searing, President of the then Mankato Normal School (now part of the Univ of MN system)from 1880 to 1898. The bust was reportedly stolen from the campus decades ago, and was never recovered. A reward for its safe return or purchase with no questions asked could be arranged by contacting me through the blog.searingfamily.com. Dan Searing

Anonymous said...

As an Ohioan, a history major in college and a collector of antiques, I am appalled by this destructive and irreversible vandalism of an antique. (Sure, if the head is recovered, it can be repaired, but the damage can't be totally undone.)

As a Christian and law-abiding person, I am disgusted by the immoral action of someone destroying the college's property. And on the night of the statue's placement to boot. This is truly a heinous act!

Anonymous said...

I am a Hiram grad and am disgusted by this act. Every college student indulges in a little harmless prank in their dorm days, but this went too far. I hope that the vandal proves NOT to be a Hiram student and that he or she is caught, or better yet steps forward. Thanks Kovels for helping spread the word.