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Chester Alan Arthur

Author: Zachary Karabell
Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2004.
Series: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Chester Alan Arthur never dreamed that one day he would be president of the United States. A successful lawyer, Arthur had been forced out as the head of the Custom House of the Port of New York in 1877 in a power struggle between the two wings of the Republican Party. He became such a celebrity that he was nominated for vice president in 1880-despite his never having run for office before. Elected alongside James  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Chester Alan Arthur; Chester Alan Arthur; Chester A Arthur
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Zachary Karabell
ISBN: 0805069518 9780805069518
OCLC Number: 54373172
Description: xvi, 170 pages : portrait ; 22 cm.
Contents: A man of some importance --
The early life of Chet --
Onto the national stage --
To the White House --
Chet Arthur? President of the United States? Good God! --
A new house and an eventful year --
Reform --
Travels, tariffs, and travails --
The final days --
Epilogue : the gentleman President.
Series Title: American presidents series (Times Books (Firm))
Responsibility: Zachary Karabell.
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Chester Alan Arthur never dreamed that one day he would be president of the United States. A successful lawyer, Arthur had been forced out as the head of the Custom House of the Port of New York in 1877 in a power struggle between the two wings of the Republican Party. He became such a celebrity that he was nominated for vice president in 1880-despite his never having run for office before. Elected alongside James A. Garfield, Arthur found his life transformed just four months into his term, when an assassin shot and killed Garfield, catapulting Arthur into the presidency. The assassin was a deranged man who thought he deserved a federal job through the increasingly corrupt "spoils system." To the surprise of many, Arthur, a longtime beneficiary of that system, saw that the time had come for reform. His opportunity came in the winter of 1882-83, when he pushed through the Pendleton Act, which created a professional civil service and set America on a course toward greater reforms in the decades to come--From publisher description.

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