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Chester A. Arthur Biography and Facts For Kids


The twenty-first president of the United States, Chester Alan Arthur was reputed to be one of the leading spoilsmen in American politics when he took office, but he proved to be a dignified and an able administrator. A member of the Stalwart faction of the Republican Party, Chester A. Arthur was elected vice president in 1880 and became president on 19 September 1881, after the death of President James A. Garfield from wounds inflicted by an assassin. Arthurworked as a lawyer before becoming the 20th Vice President under James Garfield. While James A. Garfield was mortally wounded by Charles J. Guiteau on July 2, 1881, he did not die until September 19 of that year, at which time Arthur was sworn in as president, serving until March 4, 1885.

Fun Facts and Trivia about Chester A. Arthur

When was Chester A. Arthur born: October 5, 1830
Where was Chester A. Arthur born: Fairfield, VT
What was Chester A. Arthur’s job before becoming president: Lawyer
Who was Chester A. Arthur married to: Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur
What number president was Chester A. Arthur: 21st
What political party did Chester A. Arthur belong to: Republican
When was Chester A. Arthur president: 1881-1885
How many terms did Chester A. Arthur serve as president: Less than 1
When did Chester A. Arthur die: November 18, 1886
How old was Chester A. Arthur when he died: 56
Where is Chester A. Arthur buried: Albany, NY

Chester A. Arthur Quotes

  • “I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damned business.”
  • “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. “
  • “Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken.”
  • “I don’t think we had better go into the minute secrets of the campaign, so far as I know them, because I see the reporters are present, who are taking it all down.”
  • “Since I came here I have learned that Chester A. Arthur is one man and the President of the United States is another.”

Timeline of the Life of Chester A. Arthur

1830 Born in Fairfield, Vermont in October 5th
1848 Graduated from Union College
1859 Married Ellen Lewis Herndon
1871 Named Collector of the Port of New York by President Grant
1880 Elected Vice-President of the United States
1881 Succeeded the presidency after the death of James Garfield
1882 Pineapple plants are brought to Hawaii from Jamaica
1882 Great Britain invaded Egypt
1883 The Brooklyn Bridge is completed
1884 The Home Insurance Building in Chicago is built becoming the world’s first skyscraper
1886 Died November 18th in New York City