RESPECTED FORMER PRESIDENT
ARTHUR DIED 130 YEARS AGO
New York City (JFK+50) One hundred and thirty years ago today, November 18, 1886, the 21st President of the United States, Chester A. Arthur, died at the age of 56 here in New York City from complications of Bright's Disease, a debilitating and fatal kidney ailment.
According to Constitution Daily, the former POTUS had known that this disease could result in death for at least six months.
Arthur, who was born in Fairfield, Vermont, became president in 1881 upon the death of James A. Garfield. As President, Arthur surprised the stalwarts (conservatives) of the Republican Party by supporting and signing into law the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act. He also advocated tariff relief for business and breaks for taxpayers.
While Arthur finished out Garfield's term, he was not renominated by his party and retired to New York.
The funeral was held at the Church of Heavenly Rest in New York City.
Journalist Alexander McClure later wrote...
"No man ever entered the Presidency so distrusted and no one ever retired more generally respected."
"Chester Alan Arthur's brave, short presidency," Constitution Daily, www.blog.constitutioncenter.org/