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Arthur’s Early Career

Source: The Library of Congress

Before becoming vice president in 1881, Chester Arthur had had a thriving legal practice in New York and served with distinction in the Civil War as an engineer-in-chief with the rank of quartermaster general in the New York Volunteers. He also served as collector of the Port of New York from 1871 to 1878, supervising nearly 1,300 agents responsible for collecting about 75 percent of the nation's import duties.

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