I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents as inspiration. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
Chester A. Arthur was the 21st President of the United States of America. He held the office from September 19, 1881 until March 4, 1885. He was, also, a lawyer, civil servant, politician, and soldier. He became a Brigadier General and was in the Civil War.
Chester Alan Arthur was born in 1829 in Fairfield, Vermont. He had eight siblings. He lived in several towns and went to different schools. He later, in 1845, enrolled in Union College. He taught at local schools during college breaks. After graduating, he continued to teach. He studied law and in 1852 became a school principal. He soon moved to New York City and was admitted to the bar in 1854. He joined a New York law firm.
In 1858, Chester A. Arthur joined the New York Militia. He recruited, outfitted, and trained soldiers. He took part in the Civil War.
In 1861, he became Engineer-in-Chief of the New York Militia. In 1862, he became Quartermaster General and Inspector General of the New York Militia. Following the war, Arthur worked as a lawyer and was involved in politics. In 1871, he became Collector of the Port of New York. This led to him being Chairman of the New York State Executive Committee in 1879. Vice President, followed by becoming President came next.
Chester married Ellen Herndon in 1859. They had three children, two living into adulthood. Ellen died in 1880 and Chester never remarried. His sister later served as White House Hostess.
The assassination of President Garfield resulted in Arthur becoming President. He had overcome the reputation he had gained as part of the political machine that had controlled New York politics. He became known for civil service reform and the success of the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act.
He suffered ill health during his Presidency and returned to his New York City home after leaving office. He returned to his old law firm and served as counsel. He died in 1886 at the age of 57 years old. Arthur has had monuments and memorials made to honor him. He is remembered for making sound decisions and working to do what he felt was right for the country.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!