Answer: Canal Boy
Mental Floss – “Like Fillmore and Johnson, Garfield got his nickname thanks to an old job: He ran away from home when he was 16 to work on the canal boats that took cargo from Cleveland to Pittsburgh. He wasn’t very good at it, though; during the six weeks he worked on the boats, he fell overboard 14 times and eventually contracted a fever and had to return home. You can read one account of his time working on the canal here.”
Cover Photo: President James A. Garfield takes the Oath of Office during his Inauguration ceremony on March 4, 1881.