Chester Alan Arthur


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Chester Alan Arthur (October 5, 1829 – November 18, 1886) was the 21st President of the United States (1881–1885). Becoming President after the assassination of President James A. Garfield, Arthur struggled to overcome suspicions of his beginnings as a politician from the New York City Republican machine, succeeding at that task by embracing the cause of civil service reform. His advocacy for, and... more »

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  • ''Experience has shown that the trade of the East is the key to national wealth and influence.''
    Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886), U.S. president. Veto message of Chinese Exclusion Act (1882). Ed. James D. Richardson, Messages and Papers of the Presi...
  • ''I trust the time is nigh when, with the universal assent of civilized people, all international differences shall be determined without resort to arms by the benignant processes of civilization.''
    Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886), U.S. president. Second annual message (1882). Ed. James D. Richardson, Messages and Papers of the Presidents, vol. 8 (1...
  • ''The office of the Vice-President is a greater honor than I ever dreamed of attaining.''
    Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886), U.S. president. William C. Hudson, Random Recollections of an Old Political Reporter (1911). Gentleman Boss: The Life o...
  • ''Madam, I may be President of the United States, but my private life is nobody's damn business.''
    Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886), U.S. president. Hugh Bradley, Such Was Saratoga (1940). Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur, ch. 15, Thomas...
  • ''Honors to me now are not what they once were.''
    Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886), U.S. president. Undated Arthur ms. "Ellen Lewis Herndon." Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur, ch. 8, Thoma...
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