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Chester Alan Arthur
(1829 - 1886)

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1829 Born 5 October
1848 Graduates from Union College
1851 Principal of North Pownal Academy in Vermont
1853 Enters a law office in NYC
1854 Admitted to the bar
1859 Marries Ellen Lewis Herndon
1860 Son, William Lewis Herndon Arthur, born
1861 Serves as acting quartermaster general of the state during the Civil War (He is later commissioned as inspector general, and appointed quartermaster general with the rank of brigadier general and served until 1862)
1862 Son, William, dies of a brain disease
1864 Son, Chester Alan Arthur II, born
1865 Resumes the practice of law in New York City
1871 Appointed Collector of the Port of New York by President Grant
1871 Daughter, Ellen Hansbrough Herndon, born
1877 President Hayes demands the resignation of Arthur during as part of his civil service reforms
1880 Delegate at large from New York to the Republican national convention; nominated to run as Vice-President with James Garfield
1880 Wife dies
1881 President Garfield dies, Arthur assumes presidency
1882 Contracts Bright's Disease, a fatal kidney disease
1883 Tariff Act of 1883
1884 Nominated in the Republican convention, but defeated by James G. Blaine
1886 Dies 18 November
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