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Chester Alan Arthur
Birth: Oct. 5, 1830
Fairfield
Franklin County
Vermont, USA
Death: Nov. 18, 1886
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

21st United States President. He was born in Fairfield, Vermont the fifth of eight children to a abolitionist Baptist minister. He was tutored at home until age nine then enrolled at a primary school in then Union Village, now Greenwich, New York. He graduated from Union College then taught school, studied law, admitted to the bar, and while practicing law in New York City met Ellen Herndon. After a brief courtship, they were married the day before the Civil War began and he spent the duration as the appointed Quartermaster General of the State of New York. He became a power broker in the Republic Party which led to a failed Presidential nomination at the 1880 Republican Convention but he reluctantly accepted the nomination of Vice President under President Garfield. Ellen passed away prior to his becoming Vice President leaving Arthur in deep mourning which sorrowed him the rest of his life. With almost a blink of the eye, he ascended to the Presidency after the assassination of Garfield. His first order of business was to remove and discard twenty-four wagon loads of White House furnishings. Public outrage led to declaring the White House a National Museum thus safeguarding its possessions for all times. The Arthur term was literally endured as a four year period of mourning. The president placed a portrait of his deceased wife in the hallway and arranged for fresh flowers to be put under her portrait each morning. Social functions were reduced to a minimum. His administration produced little of substance. He was a champion of civil service reform and tried to reduce tariffs rates to avoid annual surpluses of revenue but the Congress raised more rates then he trimmed. He denied reports of ill health but knew he was suffering from a fatal kidney disease during the second year of tenure. He kept himself in the running for a second term but was not renominated. Returning to New York, he tried to resume the practice of law but ill health prevented work as well as indulging in his favorite passion of simple fishing. He became frail and was unable to leave his bed. Death came at his New York City mansion in the same room where his wife Ellen passed away six years before. He was taken home to Albany by train and with President Grover Cleveland in attendance, a state funeral was conducted with interment beside his wife and son in the family plot at the Rural Cemetery in Albany. A bronze ornate sarcophagus was erected on the grave years later but the President was not placed inside but remained buried underneath. His physical legacy matches the accomplishments of his term in office and little remains today: The President Arthur State Historic Site in Fairfield, Vermont has a granite monument heralding a disputed site supposedly his birthplace and nearby is a facsimile, embellished house constructed to represent the second family home which was constructed by his father's Baptist Congregation to replace the original which was a hastily constructed primitive cabin. Albany Rural Cemetery is a beautiful historic cemetery in upstate New York. The grave of President Arthur is located on cemetery property purchased by his father, the Reverend William Arthur. The memorial was designed by Ephriam Keyser with friends contributing into a fund for its construction as well as a bronze statue erected in New York City's Madison Square Park not far from the Chester Arthur House. In residence when Garfield was assassinated, he then took the oath of office on the front steps. This 5-story brownstone row house is currently owned by a slum landlord and is generally deteriorated and rundown. (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Arthur (1796 - 1875)
  Malvina Stone Arthur (1802 - 1869)
 
 Spouse:
  Ellen Herndon Arthur (1837 - 1880)
 
 Children:
  William Lewis Herndon Arthur (1860 - 1863)*
  Chester Alan Arthur (1864 - 1937)*
  Ellen Herndon Arthur Pinkerton (1871 - 1915)*
 
 Siblings:
  Regina N Arthur Caw (1822 - 1910)*
  Jane Arthur (1824 - 1842)*
  Ann Eliza Arthur (1828 - 1915)*
  Chester Alan Arthur (1830 - 1886)
  Mary Arthur McElroy (1841 - 1917)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Albany Rural Cemetery
Menands
Albany County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 24, Lot 8
GPS (lat/lon): 42.70764, -73.73382
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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