Chester Alan Arthur

ISBN-10: 0805069518

ISBN-13: 9780805069518

Edition: 2004 (Revised)

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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. Chester Arthur may be largely forgotten today, but Zachary Karabell eloquently shows how this unexpected president-of whom so little was expected-rose to the occasion when fate placed him in the White House.
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 6/21/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. is renowned as a historian, a public intellectual, & a political activist. He served as a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy; won two Pulitzer Prizes, in 1946 for "The Age of Jackson" & in 1966 for "A Thousand Days," & in 1998 was the recipient of the National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City.

Editor's Note
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
Milestones
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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