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)
Education: Graduated from Union College (1848)
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:
- Vice president, 1881 (under 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)
- Chester A. Arthur -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
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- 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.
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Points of Interest:
- A 24-year-old Arthur, then a junior partner at Culver, Parker and Arthur law firm, successfully represented Lizzie Jennings, who was forcibly removed from a streetcar in 1854 because of her skin color.
- Arthur was diagnosed with Bright’s Disease not long after he became president.
- Arthur hired Louis Comfort Tiffany to redecorate and furnish the White House.
- Arthur owned at least 80 pairs of pants.