Through the 1870s, Garfield’s political career continued with the usual ups and downs that politicians face. In the highly controversial Crédit Mobilier of America corruption scandal in 1872, involving Union Pacific Railroad finances, Garfield was tainted like many of his contemporaries but not fatally so.
Then the peak of Garfield’s career in U.S. politics beckoned in 1880. By now a senator-elect, Garfield went to the 1880 Republican National Convention, where the Republican nomination for the next presidential candidate was to be decided. He fully intended to be nothing more than John Sherman’s campaign manager.