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Chester A. Arthur: A Resource Guide

Chester A. Arthur served as the twenty-first president of the United States (1881-85), assuming the presidency upon the death of James Garfield. This guide provides access to digital materials, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with Chester A. Arthur, including the Chester Alan Arthur Papers. Born in Fairfield, Vermont, on October 5, 1829, Arthur was an educator, lawyer, and army officer before being appointed as customs collector of the Port of New York (1871-78). In 1880, Arthur was elected vice president on the Republican ticket with President James Garfield. Upon the death of Garfield on September 19, 1881, Arthur became the twenty-first president of the United States (1881-85).

This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Chester A. Arthur such as manuscripts, broadsides, government documents, newspaper articles, sheet music, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Arthur and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.