Chester A. Arthur (Encyclopedia of Presidents Series)

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Chester Arthur, a wealthy New York City political operator, was removed as the head of the New York Customhouse by President Hayes in 1878 under suspicion of approving corrupt hiring practices. Two years later, he was the surprise choice of presidential candidate James Garfield to run for vice president in 1880. Arthur helped win the election, but later soon opposed many of Garfield's policies as president. Arthur became president when Garfield died after serving only six months. He surprised both friends and ...
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Overview

Chester Arthur, a wealthy New York City political operator, was removed as the head of the New York Customhouse by President Hayes in 1878 under suspicion of approving corrupt hiring practices. Two years later, he was the surprise choice of presidential candidate James Garfield to run for vice president in 1880. Arthur helped win the election, but later soon opposed many of Garfield's policies as president. Arthur became president when Garfield died after serving only six months. He surprised both friends and enemies by continuing Garfield's policies and supporting government reform. He is best remembered for supporting and signing the Pendleton Civil Service Act, a first step toward making government appointments based on merit rather than party loyalty.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780516229614
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Encyclopedia of Presidents Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 110
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Growing Up 7
2 Start in Politics and the War Years 19
3 Head of the Customhouse 33
4 Vice President Arthur 49
5 President Arthur 65
6 A Well-Liked Leader 83
Presidential Fast Facts 96
First Lady Fast Facts 97
Timeline 98
Glossary 100
Further Reading 101
Places to Visit 102
Online Sites of Interest 103
Table of Presidents 104
Index 108
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