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Chester Arthur:
A Vice Presidential Unit

Chester Arthur was born on October 5, 1829 in North Fairfield, Vermont. After he graduated from Union College, he became principal of North Pownal Academy in North Pownal, Vermont in 1849. Then, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1854. Starting from 1856, he became very active in the Republican Party and eventually, he joined the New York state militia in 1858 and served until 1862. He got promoted to be the quartermaster general and took in charge of inspecting troops and providing equipment. He then became the Collector of the Port of New York from 1871 to 1878. In 1881, he was elected to become the 20th Vice President under President James Garfield. However, President Garfield died on September 19, 1881 so the very next day Arthur became the 21st President of the United States. On November 18, 1886, he died of cerebral hemorrhage and was buried in Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, New York.

Political Party: Republican

Years Served: March 4, 1881 – September 19, 1881

President: James A. Garfield

Name of his parents: William Arthur and Malvina Stone Arthur

Wife’s name: Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur

Education: Union College

Physical Stature: 6 feet 2 inches

State of Birth: Vermont

Trivia Questions:

1. What disease did he suffer from?
Bright’s Disease

2. What were the names of his children?
One son - Chester Alan Arthur, Jr. and one daughter - Ellen "Nell" Herndon Arthur

3. In what country was Arthur’s father born?

Of Note:

- "I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody's damned business."
- "Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken."
- "The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it."
- His wife Ellen did not live to see him become president.
- He was an aide to Roscoe Conkling from 1878 to 1880.
- He has served 7 years as Collector of the Port of New York.


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