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President Chester A. Arthur

Chester Alan Arthur (October 5, 1829 – November 18, 1886) was an American attorney and politician who served as the 21st President of the United States (1881–85). He succeeded James A. Garfield upon the latter's assassination.
The son of a Baptist preacher who had emigrated from northern Ireland, Arthur was born in Fairfield, Vermont, in 1829. He was graduated from Union College in 1848, taught school, was admitted to the bar, and practiced law in New York City. Early in the Civil War he served as Quartermaster General of the State of New York.
Suffering from poor health, he retired at the close of his term. Journalist Alexander McClure later wrote, "No man ever entered the Presidency so profoundly and widely distrusted as Chester Alan Arthur, and no one ever retired ... more generally respected, alike by political friend and foe." He earned praise among contemporaries for his solid performance in office. The New York World summed up Arthur's presidency at his death in 1886: "No duty was neglected in his administration, and no adventurous project alarmed the nation."
"I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody's damned business."
A way out of President Arthur's dilemma / Gillam.
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U.S. National Museum Decorated for Garfield Inaugural Ball

Description: The West Hall looking towards the Rotunda of the new United States National Museum, now the Arts and Industries Building, decorated for President James A. Garfield and Vice President Chester A. Art... more

engraving from "Arthur's Victory"

This image has been taken from scan 000060 from "Arthur's Victory". The title and subject terms of this image have been generated from tags, created by users of the British Library's flickr photostream.

A weak ticket in the field - and a weaker expected--If the Republicans have done feebly at Chicago, what may we expect of the Democrats at Cincinnati? / J.A. Wales.

Cartoon showing James A. Garfield and Chester Arthur standing on the left, and Samuel J. Tilden and David Davis standing on the right.

Quixotic tilting / Stur.

Cartoon showing man "party leader" wearing armor, on a horse, pointing spear "Senatorial courtesy" at windmill in form of James Garfield, with Chester Arthur and Thomas Platt as donkey standing in front.

Chester A. Arthur. President of the United States / lith. by Buek & Lindner 65 Warren St., N.Y.

Print showing Chester A. Arthur, full-length portrait, standing, facing front, with right hand resting on table and holding papers in left hand.

This is not the New York Stock Exchange, it is the patronage exchange, called U.S. Senate / J.A. Wales.

Senators holding papers "patronage," "sold out," and "New York quotations," with T.C. Platt handcuffed to man on left, who is handing "orders of the boss" to Chester Arthur.

A grand Shakesperian [sic] revival / J. Keppler.

Print shows Chester A. Arthur as King Henry IV on a cobblestone street, with Jay Gould and William H. Vanderbilt holding his cape, and accompanied by John P. Jones; he is accosted by Roscoe "Sir John" Conkling ... more

A way out of President Arthur's dilemma / Gillam.

Print shows Ulysses S. Grant recommending to President Chester A. Arthur some "friends" of his as political appointees; all the men shown were involved in scandals during Grant's administration.

The death of President Garfield--Judge Brady administering the Presidential oath to Vice-President Arthur, at his residence in New York, September 20th

Justice John R. Brady, Justice of New York State Supreme Court, administering the oath of office to Vice President Arthur in a private ceremony in Arthur's residence at 123 Lexington Avenue, New York.

Speaker Keifer's kaleidoscopic speech, at the N.Y. Chamber of Commerce banquet, held at Delmonico's, May 9th, 1882 / J. Keppler.

Print shows a vignette cartoon with a carriage at center in which Jay Gould, Russell Sage, Cyrus W. Field, and William H. Vanderbilt are riding with large money bags, the wheels are labeled "Corporations" and "... more

A new bull in the ring / F. Graetz.

Print shows Chester A. Arthur riding the Republican elephant tossed high in the air in a "Political Arena", the elephant is patched with scandals labeled "Credit Mobilier, Collusion with Monopolies, Back Pay Gr... more

Will he cast his sword into the balance? / Gillam.

Print shows John I. Mitchell labeled "Independent Reps." standing on one side of a balance scale labeled "Republican Scales" and "Penn"; he outweighs James D. Cameron who sits on the other side of the scale in ... more

Will he cast his sword into the balance? / Gillam.

Cartoon showing Chester Arthur, dressed as a Roman, by "Republican scales," holding sword "patronage," with Mitchell "indepencent reps.," also dressed as a Roman, on one end of the scales, and James Donald Came... more

A sop to Cerberus / Gillam.

Print shows Chester A. Arthur offering a "Bill Excluding Chinese for 10 Years", in the shape of a Chinese man's face, to a three-headed Cerberus labeled "Western Vote" with the heads labeled "Demagogue, Hoodlum... more

Arthur's awkward "white elephant" / Gillam.

Print shows President Chester A. Arthur sitting on a rock with a large white elephant that looks like Roscoe Conkling standing next to him; Arthur is wondering how to get rid of the elephant. Uncle Sam, holding... more

King Chester Arthur's knight(cap)s of the round table / J. Keppler ; Mayer, Merkel & Ottmann, lith., N.Y.

Cartoon showing Chester Arthur and cabinet members, wearing nightcaps, sleeping around table, on which are papers, "no ill-will to anyone," "we need no Navy," "Indians provided for till summer," etc.

Getting hot enough for him / F. Graetz.

Print shows Chester A. Arthur sitting on a chair at a beach on the seashore, he is perspiring heavily and using a fan labeled "Stalwart Method" to cool himself, as the sun, labeled "Disunion-of-the-Republican-P... more

Puck's pyrotechnics - Fourth-of-July fireworks free to all / Opper & Co.

Print shows a fireworks display with Puck bowing on a stage in front of a "Fan Light" featuring the likenesses of William H. Vanderbilt, Russell Sage, Cyrus W. Field, and Jay Gould; on stage with Puck is a hand... more

A free feast for the congressional colored boys - they are all after a slice / F. Opper.

Print shows several legislators slicing up a large watermelon labeled "River and Harbor Bill" in an effort to carry off a share for themselves, while Chester A. Arthur sleeps in the shade of a tree in the backg... more

A summer smoke-cloud / J. Keppler.

Print shows Puck reclining before a table covered with alcoholic beverages, some labeled "V.H. Dusenbury's P.P. Brandy" and "Puck Punch [No London Punch]", smoking and blowing smoke rings. Among the figures app... more

A sop to Cerberus / Gillam.

Cartoon showing Chester Arthur, carrying rope "2nd term aspiration" and holding out "bill excluding Chinese for 10 years" as sop to three-headed dog "western vote."

"Evacuation day" March 4th, 1885 - a Democratic dream / Gillam.

Print shows the Republican Party, laying down their arms, lead by Chester A. Arthur, with George M. Robeson, James G. Blaine, Roscoe Conkling, Whitelaw Reid, Carl Schurz, John Sherman, Charles J. Folger, Robert... more

Rip Van Winkle's return / Gillam.

Illustration shows a scene outside a building labeled "Washington Inn" with an image of the U.S. Capitol on the sign; a large group of Republican legislators, politicians, and others are laughing at an old man ... more

The true meaning of Republican harmony / Gillam.

Illustration shows several Republicans in a temple, with a sacrificial lamb labeled "Civil Service Reform" at the base of a statue labeled "Patronage" with a trident labeled "Spoils"; among them are Chester A. ... more

The U.S. Hotel badly needs a "bouncer" / J. Keppler.

Illustration shows the lobby of the U.S. Hotel with Uncle Sam and Puck behind the front desk on the left, at center is Chester A. Arthur as the "U.S. Hotel Presidential Bouncer" who is clearing the lobby of agi... more

The prodigal's return - a cold reception / F. Opper.

Print shows Chester A. "Arthur" as a wealthy sheikh holding a rope attached to a fat cow labeled "Federal Patronage"; he turns away William "Mahone", as an old man, acestic or hermit, who has returned home from... more

The original political dude out-duded / F. Opper.

Print shows Chester A. Arthur dressed as a dandy, walking on a sidewalk with a young woman labeled "Republican Party" who is carrying a small dog labeled "Protection"; standing behind them, on the sidewalk, is ... more

Still waiting / F. Opper.

Print shows several men with brooms and shovels locked outside a fence with a large, spiked gate labeled "Civil Service Reform", among them are Thomas F. Bayard, Samuel J. Tilden, Henry Watterson, Charles A. Da... more

Presidential party, Upper Geyser Basin

Photograph is group portrait of members of Chester A. Arthur's expedition to Yellowstone National Park. Left to right: John Schuyler Crosby, Lt. Col. Michael V. Sheridan. Lt. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, Anson Stag... more

The grand opening march over the Brooklyn Bridge / F. Opper.

Illustration shows a large procession crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, at the front, dressed as policeman with nightsticks, are several newspaper editors, among them are James Gordon Bennett, Oswald Ottendorfer, W... more

One thing he can not shake off / Gillam.

Illustration shows Chester A. Arthur as a cat, with the spout labeled "'Soap' Campaign 1880", that has broken off a pitcher, around his neck; the pitcher labeled "N.Y. Ward Politics" lies on the ground nearby. ... more

Shutting the stable-door after the horse is stolen / F. Opper.

Illustration shows Chester A. Arthur closing a door labeled "Good Administration" to a stable labeled "Political Record Barn"; there is a lock on the ground with a key in it and, in the background, a group of m... more

Delilah Randall betrays the democratic Samson / Gillam.

Illustration shows Samuel J. "Delilah" Randall sitting in a chair labeled "Protection", holding scissors labeled "41 Democrats" in one hand and hair labeled "Tariff Reform Bill" in the other, his feet are resti... more

The contest of beauty / J. Keppler.

Illustration shows a beauty contest where "First Prize" is the "Presidency". The presidential candidates, all dressed as women, are sitting on raised platforms around which men have gathered to admire their bea... more

The national dime-museum - will be run during the presidential campaign / Gillam.

Illustration shows a gallery of presidential candidates, clockwise, from bottom left: John Kelly as a card-playing pig, Chester A. Arthur as "The Snake Charmer" charming a snake labeled "Stalwart Vote" with a h... more

The end of the republican party After "The Destruction of Jerusalem" by Kaulbach.

After a large painting by Wilhelm von Kaulbach showing the "destruction of Jerusalem", this print shows the demise of the Republican Party with various Republicans, Mugwumps, Democrats, and allegorical figures,... more

Leap-year / J. Keppler.

Illustration shows a wetland labeled "Campaign Swamp" with William M. Evarts and John G. Carlisle as two cranes on the left and several frogs identified as "Lincoln, Arthur, Robeson, Edmunds, Cameron, Sherman, ... more

The Danaid who is condemned to fill a leaking vessel / F. Graetz.

Illustration shows Chester A. Arthur as a Greek Danaid pouring water labeled "Popularity" into a barrel labeled "Arthur Boom" filled with holes labeled "Stalwart Record", so that the water pours out as fast as ... more

Bottom's dream

Illustration shows Puck's stereotypical Irishman labeled "Democracy" in the role of "Bottom" from Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream", with Puck holding the head of an ass above him. He is holding a paper t... more

The good samaritan / Gillam.

Illustration shows Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester A. Arthur, and Grover Cleveland as pilgrims on a journey through rugged Middle Eastern landscape; leading the way is Hayes, holding a paper that states "Patronage... more

"The soul of Blaine" still on the rampage / Gillam.

Illustration shows James G. Blaine, wearing Elizabethan style dress, and a small band of accomplices labeled "Clapp, Reid, Murat Halstead, Elkins, [and] Mahone" making their way down a Tudor style street, marki... more

Chester A. Arthur from "Presidential inaugurations from George Washington 1789 to Grover Cleveland 1893. With inaugural addresses, etc"

This image has been taken from scan 000213 from "Presidential inaugurations from George Washington 1789 to Grover Cleveland 1893. With inaugural addresses, etc". The title and subject terms of this image have b... more

James A. Garfield Republican candidate for president - Chester A. Arthur Republican candidate for vice president / Vic Arnold.

Broadside showing James A. Garfield, bust portrait, facing right, and Chester A. Arthur, bust portrait, facing front.

James A. Garfield Republican candidate for president - Chester A. Arthur Republican candidate for vice president / Vic Arnold.

Broadside showing James A. Garfield, bust portrait, facing right, and Chester A. Arthur, bust portrait, facing front.

A presidential conjuror / J. Keppler.

Print shows President Chester A. Arthur as a magician on a stage, pulling cards out of a hat and tossing them into the audience; the cards are labeled "Secretary of Navy, Foreign Minister, Interior, Consulate, ... more

A presidential conjuror / J. Keppler.

Print shows President Chester A. Arthur as a magician on a stage, pulling cards out of a hat and tossing them into the audience; the cards are labeled "Secretary of Navy, Foreign Minister, Interior, Consulate, ... more

The great national game - last match of the season to be decided Nov. 11th 1884 / Macbrair & Sons Lith. Cin'ti, O.

Print shows a sandlot baseball game of presidential hopefuls with James G. Blaine pitching to Chester A. Arthur, with Samuel J. Tilden behind the plate and Roscoe Conkling as umpire, at first base is Benjamin F... more

Our nation's choice--Gen. James Abram Garfield, Republican candidate for President, Gen. Chester A. Arthur, Republican Candidate for Vice-President

Campaign poster showing head-and-shoulders portraits of James Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, with text and patriotic images including an American eagle and men gathered around flag.

Our nation's choice--Gen. James Abram Garfield, Republican candidate for President, Gen. Chester A. Arthur, Republican Candidate for Vice-President

Campaign poster showing head-and-shoulders portraits of James Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, with text and patriotic images including an American eagle and men gathered around flag.

Chester A. Arthur, President of the United States

Chester Arthur, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left.

On the threshold of office--what have we to expect of him? / J. Keppler.

Print shows the members of the late James A. Garfield's cabinet looking at Chester Arthur; on the wall in the background are four frames with three portraits and a question mark. The portraits are labeled "Firs... more

On the threshold of office--what have we to expect of him? / J. Keppler.

Print shows the members of the late James A. Garfield's cabinet looking at Chester Arthur; on the wall in the background are four frames with three portraits and a question mark. The portraits are labeled "Firs... more