Chester Alan Arthur


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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 Presidents, vol. 8 (1897).
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  • ''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 (1897).
  • ''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 of Chester Alan Arthur, ch. 9, Thomas C. Reeves (1975).
  • ''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 C. Reeves (1975). Arthur was speaking to a temperance reformer.
  • ''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, Thomas C. Reeves (1975). Written on the death of his wife, Ellen.
  • ''What a pleasant lot of fellows they are. What a pity they have so little sense about politics. If they lived North the last one of them would be Republicans.''
    Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886), U.S. president. John S. Wise, Recollections of Thirteen Presidents (1906). Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur, ch. 18, Thomas C. Reeves (1975).
  • ''Men may die, but the fabric of our free institutions remains unshaken.''
    Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886), U.S. president. Ed. James D. Richardson, Messages and Papers of the Presidents, vol. 8 (1897). Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur, ch. 13, Thomas C. Reeves (1975). Said upon the death of President Garfield.
  • ''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.''
    Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886), U.S. president. Ed. James D. Richardson, Messages and Papers of the Presidents, vol. 8 (1897); veto message of Rivers and Harbor Bill (1882). Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur, ch. 15, Thomas C. Reeves (1975).

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