New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Chester Alan Arthur
This house was later occupied by publisher William Randolph Hearst.
Erected 1981 by Native New Yorkers Historical Assn.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics.
Location. 40° 44.567′ N, 73° 58.917′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Lexington Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 Lexington Avenue, New York NY 10016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Right Reverend Monsignor William A. Courtney, P.R. (within shouting distance of this marker); First Moravian Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Armory Art Show 69th Regiment Armory (about 800 feet away); Herman Melville (about 800 feet away); Vincent F. Albano Jr. Playground (approx. 0.2 miles away); The New York Life Building (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named New York Life Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. Bronze plaque is mounted within a glass case at street level, next to residential entrance. Kalustyan's Indian grocery occupies 1st floor of building.
Regarding Chester Alan Arthur. Chester Arthur died at this location, November 18, 1886.
According to the National Portrait Gallery, “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
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1. Chester A. Arthur House (National Park Service). ... Subsequent owners made many changes to the Lexington Avenue house after Arthur’s death. They moved the original main entrance on the first floor down to what had been the basement level, converted the first two floors into commercial space, and divided the upper floors into apartments. The front elevation has been stripped down to bare brick. On January 16, 1964, the 81st anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Civil Service Act by President Arthur, the Native New Yorkers Historical Association and the New York Life Insurance Company recognized the historic significance of the house by placing a bronze plaque on the building. (Submitted on November 3, 2016.)
2. The Chester A. Arthur House -- 123 Lexington Avenue. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on April 6, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 31, 2016, by Scott Sather of Salem, Oregon. This page has been viewed 332 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on November 1, 2016, by Scott Sather of Salem, Oregon. Photos: 1. submitted on October 31, 2016, by Scott Sather of Salem, Oregon. 2. submitted on November 2, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 3. submitted on November 3, 2016. 4. submitted on January 16, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.