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Chester A.Arthur
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Did You Know?

• He was known for his Civil Service reform.
• He dedicated the Washington Monument on February 21, 1885.
• He was known for his honesty and efficiency as president.
• He was nicknamed "Elegant Arthur" because of his "dandy" dressing.


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Chester A. Arthur
(October 5, 1829 - November 18, 1886)

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• First Lady: Mary Arthur McElory, Sister
• Wife's Maiden Name: Ellen "Nell" Lewis Herndon
• Number of Children: 2
• Education Level: College
• School Attended: Union College
• Religion: Episcopalian
• Profession: Military, Teacher, Principal, Lawyer
• Military Service: Quartermaster Gen.

Public Service:
• Dates of Presidency: 9/20/1881 - 3/3/1885
• Presidency Number: 21
• Number of Terms: 1
• Why Presidency Ended: Not nominated
• Party: Republican
• His Vice President(s): None
• Vice President For: James A. Garfield (1881-1881)
• Other Offices: Collector of the Port of New York
Methodology and Resources

Presidential Places

Birthplace: Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site
Gravesite: Albany Rural Cemetery

Reference Material

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• Chester A. Arthur Life Portrait: From Union College - Schenectady, NY
 Guests included: Thomas C. Reeves, author, Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur; Mark Will, Union College alumnus (1999); and Jim Underwood, political science professor, Union College Watch | Order Videotape
• Don Ritchie on Arthur’s political career Watch

 • John Sellars of the Library of Congress on Arthur's papers Watch     

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