Chester Arthur

Chester Alan Arthur (1829 - 1886)

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President Chester Alan Arthur
Born in Fairfield, Franklin, Vermont, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married in New York, New Yorkmap
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Died in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 3 Jan 2011 | Last significant change: 5 Jan 2019
16:48: Ellen Smith edited the Biography for Chester Alan Arthur (1829-1886). (did some cleanup, including removing categories that are parents to the cemetery category) [Thank Ellen for this]
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Categories: Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York | US Presidents | US Vice Presidents | Fairfield, Vermont | New York, New York | Namesakes US Counties | American Notables.

Preceded by
20th President
James Garfield

Preceded by
19th Vice President

William A. Wheeler

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

20th Vice President
of the United States
Seal of the Vice President

Succeeded by
22nd President
Grover Cleveland

Succeeded by
Vacant until 1885


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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 October 5, 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.


  • 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
  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

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Chester Alan Arthur 21st President
Chester Alan Arthur 21st President

William Arthur, Baptist Minister, Hoosick, New York
William Arthur, Baptist Minister, Hoosick, New York

The Chester Alan Arthur Family at the White House
The Chester Alan Arthur Family at the White House

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Chester A Arthur 21 Cents US Postage


On 5 Dec 2018 at 09:40 GMT R Prior wrote:

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:

On 22 Jun 2018 at 05:06 GMT Wendy Johnson wrote:

5th cousins, 4 times removed. I love Wikitree!

On 5 Oct 2016 at 10:26 GMT C (Sälgö) S wrote:


On 23 Aug 2015 at 21:53 GMT Renee Malloy Esq wrote:

Is there no birth certificate because he was not born in America?

On 15 Jun 2015 at 22:32 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

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On 2 Nov 2014 at 03:18 GMT Doug Lockwood wrote:

Chester Arthur is notable.
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Chester is 15 degrees from Robin Helstrom, 21 degrees from Katy Jurado and 18 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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