Chester A. Arthur

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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-existent. 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 illness shortly after assuming the presidency.

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