“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Fairfield in Franklin County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)

Chester A. Arthur

21st President of the United States

Chester A. Arthur Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, circa 2010
1. Chester A. Arthur Marker
Research indicates Chester Alan Arthur was born in Fairfield, Vermont, on October 5, 1829. When he was less than a year old his parents moved to a new parsonage built at this site. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Union College, he became a lawyer championing civil rights for blacks. Later, as Quartermaster General, he organized the provision of food & supplies to Union Civil War soldiers. On September 19, 1881, Arthur became president following the assassination of James Garfield. As president he advocated reducing tariffs and backed Civil Service reform, turning away from political patronage. Arthur died in 1886 and is buried in Albany, NY. This replica of the parsonage was built in 1954.
Erected 2002 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 44° 50.167′ N, 72° 51.6′ W. Marker is near Fairfield, Vermont, in Franklin County. Marker is on Chester Arthur Road half a mile east of Duffy Hill Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Chester Arthur road is paved from North Road in Fairfield, unpaved from Route 108. Marker and parsonage/museum is on south side of Chester Arthur Road, unpaved parking lot is on north side. Marker is in this post office area: Fairfield VT 05455, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Chester A. Arthur monument image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, 2010
2. Chester A. Arthur monument
At least 8 other markers are within 21 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Chester A. Arthur (approx. 4.8 miles away); Consuelo Northrop Bailey (approx. 5 miles away); Sheldon, Vermont (approx. 5.1 miles away); Colonel Elisha Sheldon (approx. 5.4 miles away); Birthplace of Larry Gardner (approx. 5.6 miles away); Fenian Raids (approx. 6.4 miles away); George Washington Henderson (approx. 9.9 miles away); Battle of Eccles Hill (approx. 12.9 miles away in Canada). Click for a list of all markers in Fairfield.
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Chester A. Arthur parsonage image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, 2010
3. Chester A. Arthur parsonage
Chester A. Arthur image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
4. Chester A. Arthur
This 1881 portrait of Chester Arthur by Ole Peter Hansen Balling hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“When Vice President Chester Arthur succeeded to the presidency on the death of James Garfield, a newspaper noted that he was ‘not a man who would have entered anybody's mind’ as a worthy candidate for the office. Indeed, as a major player in a spoils system that reduced the civil service to a vehicle for rewarding party faithful, he struck many as an emblem of all that was wrong in American politics.

As president, however, Arthur rose above his past to promote landmark legislation designed to curb the spoils system. He also proved to be a foe of other forms of corruption. When, for example, a ‘pork barrel’ bill for public improvements reached his desk, he vetoed it.

This head-and-shoulders portrait can only hint at the fashionable figure that Arthur cut. With his muttonchop whiskers ‘trimmed to the perfection point’ and his suits made of only the finest fabrics, he invariably looked like the very epitome of the well-bred Victorian gentleman.” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 886 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.   4. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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