Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Chester Arthur 1830-1886

Chester Arthur 1830-1886. This is brief biography of President Arthur giving an overview to his life.

From the site:

Chester Alan Arthur was born near the northern Vermont community of Fairfield; later political opponents would charge that he was actually born farther north across the Canadian boundary, which would have rendered him ineligible for the presidency. Arthur's father was an Irish immigrant and Baptist preacher, who kept his family on the move from one town to another.

Young Arthur was an excellent student and mastered Latin and Greek under his father's supervision. Political interest developed early; he was an ardent supporter of Henry Clay in 1844. Arthur graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, in 1848. He supported himself as a teacher and began the study of law in his free time.

In 1854, Arthur formed a law partnership with a colleague in New York City. He willingly took cases to protect the civil rights of black citizens. Arthur became active in a number of political organizations and was involved in the establishment of the Republican Party in New York State. In 1859, he joined the Republican governor's staff and was later made responsible for outfitting New York soldiers in the Civil War; he developed a reputation for honesty and always insisted on receiving quality supplies for the soldiers.

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