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  Arthur, Chester Alan
NameChester Alan Arthur
New York City, New York , United States
Born October 05, 1830
Died November 18, 1886 (56 years)
Last ModifedRBH
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Tags English - Irish - Moderate - Government Reform - Widowed - Episcopalian -
Info21st President of the United States (1881?85)
b. Fairfield, Vt.
grad. Union College

He studied law and before the Civil War practiced in New York City. In the war he was (1861?63) quartermaster general of New York State. In 1871, President Grant appointed him collector of the port of New York. Although Arthur was a loyal party man and a believer in the spoils system, he administered this office honestly and efficiently. President Hayes, bent on civil service reform, displaced Arthur in 1878, thus defying Senator Conkling and the New York Republican machine. At the Republican national convention of 1880, Garfield was nominated for President, and the Conkling "Stalwarts," who had supported Grant, were placated by the nomination of Arthur for Vice President. Garfield's assassination soon after his inauguration made Arthur President.

He came into office handicapped by a record in machine politics and grave doubt as to his ability and integrity, but his administration proved honest, efficient, and dignified. He effectively supported the civil service reform act of 1883, vetoed a Chinese exclusion bill that violated a treaty with China, and vigorously prosecuted the Star Route trials, in which several prominent Republicans were found guilty of swindling the Post Office Department. Serious illness kept Arthur from actively seeking renomination in 1884

First Appeared on a United States Postage Stamp in 1938.
Vote totals for elections in which was nominated for the Hall of Fame for Great Americans (1900-1965): 1940-0, 1955-0.

DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
06/13/2007-06/24/2007 Rasmussen Reports 43.00% ( 0.0) 17.00% ( 0.0) 40.00% ( 0.0)

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Aug 16, 2009 10:00am General Obama birthplace flap evokes Arthur debate  Article Magical Horse 

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Wife Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur Oct 25, 1859-Jan 12, 1880
Son William Lewis Arthur 1860-1863
Son Chester Alan Arthur, II 1864-1937
Daughter Ellen Herndon "Nell" Arthur Pinkerton 1871-1915

Chester Alan Arthur - First Annual Message (December 6, 1881)  Discuss
Chester Alan Arthur - Fourth Annual Message (December 1, 1884)  Discuss
Chester Alan Arthur - Second Annual Message (December 4, 1882)  Discuss
Chester Alan Arthur - Third Annual Message (December 4, 1883)  Discuss
  06/06/1884 US President - R Convention Lost 26.96% (-25.51%)
  09/19/1881 US President - Deceased Successor Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/1880 US Vice President Won 57.99% (+15.99%)
  06/08/1880 US Vice President - R Convention Won 61.90% (+36.38%)
US President - R Convention - Jun 08, 1880 R Ulysses S. Grant