Chester A. Arthur

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Date of Birth October 5, 1829
Place of Birth Fairfield, Vermont
Date of Death Nov 18, 1886 (57)
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Chester A. Arthur

Chester Alan Arthur was an American attorney and politician who served as the 21st president of the United States from 1881 to 1885. Previously the 20th vice president, he succeeded to the presidency upon the death of President James A. Garfield in September 1881, two months after Garfield was shot by an assassin. Arthur was born in Fairfield, Vermont, grew up in upstate New York and practiced law in New York City. He served as quartermaster general of the New York Militia during the American Civil War. Following the war, he devoted more time to New York Republican politics and quickly rose in Senator Roscoe Conkling's political organization. President Ulysses S. Grant appointed him to the post of Collector of the Port of New York in 1871, and he was an important supporter of Conkling and the Stalwart faction of the Republican Party. In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes fired Arthur as part of a plan to reform the federal patronage system in New York.

Born: Chester Alan Arthur, October 5, 1829, Fairfield, Vermont, U.S.
Died: November 18, 1886, New York City, New York, U.S.
Resting place: Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York, U.S.
Political party: Republican (1854–1886)
Other political affiliations: Whig (before 1854)
Children: 3, including Chester II
Education: Union College (BA), State and National Law School
Profession: Lawyer, civil servant
Vice President: None
Preceded by: James A. Garfield
Succeeded by: Grover Cleveland

About Chester A. Arthur

The 21st president of the United States who ascended to office following the assassination of President James A. Garfield.

Chester A. Arthur Before Fame

His successful representation of Elizabeth Jennings Graham in her 1854 civil rights case against the New York City streetcar lines resulted in the desegregation of the city's streetcars.

Achievement of Chester A. Arthur

He was diagnosed with the kidney ailment Bright's disease, later known as nephritis, soon after taking the oath of office, a condition that he attempted to keep private.

Chester A. Arthur Family Life

He married Ellen Lewis Herndon in October 1859, and the couple had three children together.

Associations of Chester A. Arthur

He was passionate in his support of Henry Clay's presidential bid while he was in school, occasionally leading to fisticuffs with James K. Polk supporters.

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