When he was nominated as vice president on the 1880 Republican ticket, Chester Alan Arthur had never held elected office. Expectations of him—or of the vice presidential office—were virtually non-existant. Years earlier in 1839, Daniel Webster had turned down the vice presidency with the quip, "I do not propose to be buried until I am dead."
But six months into President James Garfield's term, he was assassinated—and the unknown vice president, Chester Arthur, became the most powerful man in America.
This in-depth biography of Chester Arthur is a fascinating look at a man who, thrust unexpectedly into the highest political office, exceeded expectations and left a lasting mark on history, despite being diagnosed with a debilitating illnessshortly after assuming the presidency.
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About the Author
Dr. John Pafford, professor emeritus, taught history and philosophy at Northwood University from 1976-2013 and received the Northwood University Award for Faculty Excellence in 1995. A member of the Board of Scholars of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, he is the author of six books, including “Russell Kirk” and “John Jay: The Forgotten Founder” as well as numerous articles on history, theology and contemporary events. He received his doctorate from International College in Los Angeles.