a letter from President Arthur
Did You Know?
He was known for his Civil Service reform.
He dedicated the Washington Monument on February 21, 1885.
He was known for his honesty and efficiency as president.
He was nicknamed "Elegant Arthur" because of his "dandy" dressing.
Key Events in the Administration
Chester A. Arthur
(October 5, 1829 - November 18, 1886)
First Lady: Mary Arthur McElory, Sister
Wife's Maiden Name: Ellen "Nell" Lewis Herndon
Number of Children: 2
Education Level: College
School Attended: Union College
Profession: Military, Teacher, Principal, Lawyer
Military Service: Quartermaster Gen.
Public Service:Presidential Places
Dates of Presidency: 9/20/1881 - 3/3/1885
Presidency Number: 21
Number of Terms: 1
Why Presidency Ended: Not nominated
His Vice President(s): None
Vice President For: James A. Garfield (1881-1881)
Other Offices: Collector of the Port of New York
Methodology and Resources
Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site
Gravesite: Albany Rural Cemetery
C-SPAN in the Classroom
Presidents Programs from
Chester A. Arthur Life Portrait: From Union College - Schenectady, NY
Guests included: Thomas C. Reeves, author, Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur; Mark Will, Union College alumnus (1999); and Jim Underwood, political science professor, Union College Watch | Order Videotape
Don Ritchie on Arthurs political career Watch
John Sellars of the Library of Congress on Arthur's papers Watch