Presidential Administrations, Chester A. Arthur: Topics in Chronicling America
As the 21st U.S. President, Chester Arthur enacted the 1st general Federal Immigration Law. This guide provides access to material related to the "Arthur's Presidential Administration" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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A veteran of New York City’s political machine and a pronounced Stalwart Republican, Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as President of the United States on September 19, 1881, following President Garfield’s assassination. During the beginning of his presidency, Arthur enacted the first general federal immigration law, the Chinese Exclusion Act. He also surprised his Stalwart allies by supporting civil service reform with the Pendleton Act. Read more about it!
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September 19, 1881
Chester A. Arthur is sworn in after the death of President Garfield.
May 6, 1882
President Arthur signs the Chinese Exclusion Act.
January 16, 1883
Arthur signs the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act.
March 3, 1883
Arthur signs the Tariff Act of 1883.
Arthur loses the Republican party nomination to James G. Blaine.