"The prosperity which now prevails is without parallel in our history. Fruitful seasons have done much to secure it, but they have not done all. The preservation of the public credit and the resumption of specie payments, so successfully attained by the Administration of my predecessors, have enabled our people to secure the blessings which the seasons brought. "
James A. Garfield
(1831-1881) 20th President of the United States (1881), assassinated
Inaugural Address, March 14, 1881