Chester Alan Arthur (October 5, 1829 – November 18, 1886) was the 21st President of the United States (1881–1885). Becoming President after the assassination of President James A. Garfield, Arthur struggled to overcome suspicions of his beginnings as a politician from the New York City Republican machine, succeeding at that task by embracing the cause of civil service reform. His advocacy for, and enforcement of, the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act was the centerpiece of his…
Chester A. Arthur - 21st President of the United States (1881–1885) Republican ~ ~ It is a matter for congratulation that the business of the country has been so prosperous during the past year... December 6, 1881
101 years before Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin, an African American woman named Elizabeth Jennings refused to be removed from a New York City trolley. Her case in the Brooklyn Circuit Court led to the desegregation of all NYC trolley lines. Her attorney? Future president Chester A. Arthur
President Chester Alan Arthur was known as a sharp dresser and a "night owl." Not only was Arthur a very fashion-conscious dresser (he owned over 80 pairs of pants) but he often took late night strolls around D.C. with friends, not returning home until 3 or 4 in the morning.
Chester A. Arthur (1830-1886) 21st President from 1881-1885. He posed for this daguerreotype before his marriage to Ellen Herndon in 1859. Now in his late twenties, he was just beginning rise as the "Gentleman Boss" of his state's Republican party - a nickname largely inspired by Arthur's lifelong fondness for scrupulously tailored clothing.