Chester Alan Arthur
(1830 - 1886 )
Who was Chester Arthur ?
Chester Alan Arthur was born to a Baptist preacher in Fairfield, Vermont. He went to Union College, and became a lawyer. During the Civil War, he served as Quartermaster General of the State of New York. Later, he became Collector of the Port of New York.
Arthur was elected Vice President under President Garfield, and became President when Garfield died. Garfield's assassination seemed to reform Arthur, who suddenly advocated civil service reform, where before he strongly believed in the Spoils System. It is thought that Arthur was willing to go against his party because he knew he would die soon from a kidney disease.
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