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Ellen Herndon Arthur
Birth: Aug. 30, 1837
Death: Jan. 12, 1880

Presidential first Lady. Ellen Herndon Arthur was a posthumous first lady as she had died before her husband Chester Arthur assumed the presidency. Her passing came even before his becoming Vice President. Ellen's death placed Arthur in deep mourning which continued even after becoming President following the assassination of President Garfield. After her untimely death, Chester kept her room in their New York home exactly as she left it. At the White House, he would not give anyone the place that would have been his wife's and asked Mary his youngest sister to assume certain social duties and help care for his daughter. He presented a stained glass window to nearby St. John's Church in his wife's memory. He could see it at night from the White House with the lights of the church shining through. Each morning he would place fresh flowers beside her portrait which hung on the White House wall. Because of declining health, he did not pursue a second term. She was born Ellen Lewis Herndon to a distinguished Virginia family the daughter of Lieutenant William Herndon a famous naval hero who went down with his Mail Steamer on board was $3 million dollars. She was living in New York with her widowed mother meeting then attorney Chester Arthur. After a brief courtship they were married on the eve of the Civil War. They lost one child, but eventually had two more. Living in New York City, Arthur's career brought the family increasing prosperity when at the age of 42, she suffered from a cold which became pneumonia taking her life a few days later. She was taken to Albany and buried in the Arthur's family plot at Albany's Rural Cemetery. Six years after Ellen's death, President Chester Arthur died in the same house as his wife and was interred beside her.  (bio by: Donald Greyfield (inactive)) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Lewis Herndon (1813 - 1857)
 
 Spouse:
  Chester Alan Arthur (1829 - 1886)*
 
 Children:
  William Lewis Herndon Arthur (1860 - 1863)*
  Chester Alan Arthur (1864 - 1937)*
  Ellen Herndon Arthur Pinkerton (1871 - 1915)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Albany Rural Cemetery
Menands
Albany County
New York, USA
Plot: Located behind the grave of President Arthur
 
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Record added: May 09, 1999
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