CHESTER A. ARTHUR WAS THE THIRD PRESIDENT IN 1841
New York City (JFK+50) Chester Allen Arthur was sworn in 135 years ago today, September 20, 1881 as President of the United States following the death of James A. Garfield. When the year began, Rutherford B. Hayes was POTUS so by year's end, three men had served as Chief Executive...Hayes-Garfield-Arthur.
This was not the first time that had happened. Forty years before, in 1841, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison and John Tyler served as POTUS.
The commonality of 1841 & 1881 was the death of an incumbent president. In 1841, William Henry Harrison died after only one month in office while in 1881, James A. Garfield died after six months of service. Both presidents died in the same year that they had been sworn-in.
Arthur was sworn in at his residence at 123 Lexington Avenue by Justice John R. Brady of the New York State Supreme Court.