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Chester Alan Arthur

21st President of the United States
(September 19, 1881 to March 3, 1885)

Nickname: "The Gentleman Boss"; "Elegant Arthur"

Born: October 5, 1829, in Fairfield, Vermont
Died: November 18, 1886, in New York, New York

Father: William Arthur
Mother: Malvina Stone Arthur
Married: Ellen Lewis Herndon (1837-1880), on October 25, 1859
Children: William Lewis Herndon Arthur (1860-63); Chester Alan Arthur (1864-1937); Ellen Herndon Arthur (1871-1915)

Religion: Episcopalian
Education: Graduated from Union College (1848)
Occupation: Lawyer
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:

  • Vice president, 1881 (under tiny U.S. flag Garfield)

Presidential Salary: $50,000/year

Presidential Election Results:

Never ran for president.

Vice President: None


Secretary of State

James G. Blaine (1881)

Frederick T. Frelinghuysen (1881-85)

Secretary of the Treasury

William Windom (1881)

Charles J. Folger (1881-84)

Walter Q. Gresham (1884)

Hugh McCulloch (1884-85)

Secretary of War

Robert Todd Lincoln (1881-85)

Attorney General

I. Wayne McVeagh (1881)

Benjamin H. Brewster (1882-85)

Postmaster General

Thomas L. James (1881-82)

Timothy O. Howe (1882-83)

Walter Q. Gresham (1883-84)

Frank Hatton (1884-85)

Secretary of the Navy

William H. Hunt (1881-82)

William E. Chandler (1882-85)

Secretary of the Interior

Samuel J. Kirkwood (1881-82)

Henry M. Teller (1882-85)

Notable Events:

Internet Biographies:

Chester A. Arthur -- from The Presidents of the United States of America

Compiled by the White House.

Chester A. Arthur -- from Table of Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States - MSN Encarta

Grolier Online has created this resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana. Contains a full biography, written by Stefan Lorant, author of The Presidency: A Pictorial History of Presidential Elections from Washington to Truman, along with suggestions for further reading.

Chester A. Arthur -- from The American President

From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

News of Chester Arthur's Death -- from Dead Presidents

The text from page 1 of The New York Times, November 19, 1886. Placed on the web by Manus Hand.

Chester A. Arthur -- from the Hall of Forgotten Presidents

Arthur should not be forgotten.




Chester Alan Arthur

21st President of the United States
(September 19, 1881 to March 3, 1885)


Ellen Arthur