Chester Arthur
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Chester Alan Arthur (1829 - 1886)

President Chester Alan Arthur
Born in Fairfield, Franklin, Vermont, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 25 Oct 1859 in New York, New Yorkmap
Descendants descendants
Died in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 3 Jan 2011
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Chester Arthur was the President of the United States.
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Preceded by
20th President
James Garfield

Preceded by
19th Vice President

William A. Wheeler

Chester Alan Arthur
21st President
of the United States
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1881 – 1885

20th Vice President
of the United States
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Succeeded by
22nd President
Grover Cleveland

Succeeded by
Vacant until 1885


Chester Arthur was the 20th Vice President of the United States. He was also the 21st President of the United States. His presidency began after the murder of President James Garfield in July of 1881.

Some older sources list his birth date as 05 October 1830,[1] but biographer Thomas C. Reeves confirms that this is incorrect: Arthur claimed to be a year younger "out of simple vanity."[2]

He married Ellen Lewis Herndon and he was the father of two sons [3].

There is a debate whether Chester Arthur was American as he was born in Canada but because his parents were American , his candidacy for Presidency was never challenged [3]. While his birth is listed in the year 1829 at Wikipedia, most other sources, including his headstone have his birth as 1830.

One son died as a three years old child. He had two other children Chester Alan Arthur, Jr. and Ellen "Nell" Arthur.

He died on the 18th of November 1886 in New York City and he is buried in Albany, New York [3].


Arthur County, Nebraska is named in his honor.


  1. Howe, George F. (1966) [1935]. Chester A. Arthur, A Quarter-Century of Machine Politics. New York: F. Ungar Pub. Co. ASIN B00089DVIG
  2. Reeves, Thomas C. (1975). Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester A. Arthur. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 978-0-394-46095-6.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh. Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America. First ed. Arco Company, 1975
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 39
  • Burial: Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany County, New York, USA
  • Plot: Section 24, Lot 8
  • GPS (lat/lon): 42.70748, -73.73362
  • Photo: Has a photo on gravesite of gravestone

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Arthur-3489 and Arthur-49 appear to represent the same person because: identical dates
posted by Robin Lee
President Arthur suffered from Bright's Disease a kidney ailment and died from a stroke.
posted by Scott Lee
The interesting thing is that Chester burned almost all of his letters and papers in the days before his death, leading some to speculate about what he had to hide.

With regards to the controversy about his eligibility for the Presidency, during his lifetime the focus was on whether or not he was born in the US or Canada. However, modern researchers discovered in late 2008, that his father was a British citizen until 1843, a fact that would have dramatically changed the nature of the question of his eligibility in his lifetime, if it had been widely known.

William Arthur's naturalization certificate is available here:

posted by R Prior
Is there no birth certificate because he was not born in America?
posted by Renee Malloy Esq
Chester Arthur is notable.
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posted by Doug Lockwood