- NAME: Chester A. Arthur
- OCCUPATION: Lawyer, U.S. President, U.S. Vice President
- BIRTH DATE: October 05, 1829
- DEATH DATE: November 18, 1886
- EDUCATION: Union College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: North Fairfield, Vermont
- PLACE OF DEATH: New York, New York
- Full Name: Chester Alan Arthur
- AKA: Chester Arthur
- Nickname: "Chet"
- Nickname: The Gentleman Boss
- Nickname: Elegant Arthur
- AKA: Chester A. Arthur
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Chester A. Arthur was the 21st president of the United States. He served as vice president at the time President James Garfield was assassinated, and acceded to the presidency thereafter.
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Arthur spent more time on his social life and political career than with his family. His wife, Ellen, died in 1880, and Arthur entered the White House a widower. He became a bit of a dandy in his dress and his social circle in Washington, D.C. He lamented the dilapidated condition of the White House, and hired Louis Comfort Tiffany to remodel it into a show place.
Arthur kept the secret that he was suffering from fatal kidney disease for several years, and he declined to run for a second term as president. In 1885, he returned to his law practice in New York City. As his health declined, he ordered that all of his papers, both personal and professional, be burned.
Arthur died on November 17, 1886, at the age of 57, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.
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