Why Chester?

Since it seems from the questionnaire that Chester Arthur is one of the most forgotten (or lesser know) presidents, it’s time to ask why? Did he not do anything so great or terrible to leave a lasting impact on us today?

Chester Arthur was one of only five presidents who have not actually been elected into office. Instead, Arthur took office after James Garfield was assassinated. He did however almost serve a full term, so it wasn’t like he was only in office for a year and couldn’t get anything done. One reason he might be lesser known is because of his health. In 1882 Arthur was diagnosed with Bright’s disease, which was a terminal condition in their time and which he died from in 1886 after his years in office (NCC Staff, 2018).

In order to learn a little bit more about our 21st president here is an informational video. To quote a line in the video, “He proved to be not an inspiring president, not an innovative president, but quite surprisingly an upright and competent president.” Considering that “upright” and “competent” are simply two basic characteristics that we need in a president, this could be why he is one of the lesser know ones.



N. (2018, October 5). Chester Alan Arthur: Obscure or underrated? Retrieved from https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/a-birthday-look-at-chester-alan-arthur-a-forgotten-president



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