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by John T. Marck

21st President

Term- September 20, 1881 to March 4, 1885

Republican Party


Birth: Fairfield, Vermont, October 5, 1830.

Ancestry: Scotch-Irish and English

Marriage: New York, New York, October 25, 1859 to Ellen Lewis Herndon who was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, August 30, 1837. Ellen died in New York, New York, January 12, 1880 and is buried in Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, New York.

Children: William Lewis Herndon (1860-1863); Chester Alan Jr. (1864-1937); Ellen (1871-1915).

Home: New York.

Education: Attended public schools and Lyceum School; graduated with honors from Union College (1848) in Schenectady, New York.

Religion: Episcopalian

Occupation before Presidency: Teacher, school principal, lawyer.

Pre-Presidential Offices: Quartermaster General of New York State; New York Collector of Customs; Vice President.

Age at Inauguration: 50

Arthur Administration: Vice President: None, Inauguration September 20, 1881, New York, New York.

Occupation after Presidency: Retired

Death: New York City, New York, November 18, 1886.

Cause of Death: Bright's disease, cerebral hemorrhage at age 56.

Place of Burial: Albany Rural Cemetery, Albany, New York.

Interesting Facts:

Arthur was the fourth Vice President who succeeded to the Presidency because of the death of his predecessor, James Garfield. On Garfield's death, Arthur became the third President in a single year.

During Arthur's term, the Brooklyn Bridge was opened and the first skyscraper was built in Chicago.

Arthur was known as "Gentleman Boss" and as "Elegant Arthur", because he was known to like fine clothes and high society.

The famous detective, Allan Pinkerton, was President Arthur's son-in-law.

Copyright 1993-2022 by John T. Marck. All Rights Reserved. This article and their accompanying pictures, photographs, and line art, may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission from the author. From The Presidents of the United States by John T. Marck.