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Chester A. Arthur (1829–1886)

Portrait of Chester A. Arthur

Facts at a Glance

21st President of the United States (1881–1885)
October 5, 1829, Fairfield, Vermont
Full Name
Chester Alan Arthur
"The Gentleman Boss"
October 25, 1859, to Ellen Lewis Herndon (1837–1880)
William Lewis Herndon (1860–1863), Chester Alan (1864–1937), Ellen Herndon (1871–1915)
Union College (graduated 1848)
Political Party
November 18, 1886, New York, New York
Albany, New York
A Life in Brief
Chester Arthur was the fifth child of a fervent abolitionist preacher who moved his family from one Baptist parish to the next throughout New York and Vermont. Attending Union College, Arthur showed far more interest in extracurricular activities and political demonstrations than in his studies. More »
It is a matter for congratulation that the business of the country has been so prosperous during the past year...
December 6, 1881

Essays on Chester A. Arthur and His Administration

Chester Alan Arthur
A Life in Brief
Life Before the Presidency
Campaigns and Elections
Domestic Affairs
Foreign Affairs
Life After the Presidency
Family Life
The American Franchise
Impact and Legacy
Key Events
First Lady
Mary McElroy
Secretary of State
Frederick T. Frelinghuysen (1881–1885)
James G. Blaine (1881–1881)
Secretary of War
Robert Todd Lincoln (1881–1885)
Postmaster General
Thomas L. James (1881–1881)
Timothy O. Howe (1881–1883)
Walter Q. Gresham (1883–1884)
Frank Hatton (1884–1885)
Secretary of the Interior
Samuel J. Kirkwood (1881–1882)
Henry M. Teller (1882–1885)
Secretary of the Treasury
William Windom (1881–1881)
Charles J. Folger (1881–1884)
Hugh McCulloch (1884–1885)
Walter Q. Gresham (1884–1884)
Attorney General
Isaac Wayne MacVeagh (1881–1881)
Benjamin H. Brewster (1882–1885)
Secretary of the Navy
William H. Hunt (1881–1882)
William E. Chandler (1882–1885)

Consulting Editor: Justus Doenecke

Professor Doenecke is a professor emeritus of history at the New College of Florida. His writings include:

The Presidencies of James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur (University Press of Kansas, 1981)

Debating Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Foreign Policies, 1933–1945 (With Mark S. Stoler, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005)