Arthur, Chester Alan (10/05/1829-11/18/1886)

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  • Occupation: Vice President of the United States, Twenty-first President of the United States
  • Committees/Roles: Ex-officio as Vice President of the United States
  • Number of Terms: 1


  • Arthur, Chester Alan 1829-1886
  • Board of Regents
  • United States. Office of the Vice President
  • United States President (1881-1885 : Arthur)
  • Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )


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Regent type

Vice President (Republican)


  • Assumed presidency when James Garfield was assassinated.
  • Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Six volumes. Edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1888-1889. Reprint. Detroit: Gale Research, 1968; Dictionary of American Biography. Volumes 1-20. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928-1936; The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Volume 4. New York: James T. White & Co., 1891. Reprint. Volumes 1-50. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1967-1971; Who Was Who in America. A component volume of "Who's Who in American History." Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Revised Edition. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1967.

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Regent Tenure: 03/04/1881-07/20/1881


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