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Chester Alan Arthur was in Vermont in 1829. He was the 21st President of the United States, President after the assassination of President James A. Garfield. His father was a preacher who had emigrated from Northern Ireland. He from Union College in 1848 and was admitted to the bar. He started practising in New York City before joining the Army to in the Civil War.

In 1871, Arthur was by President Ulysses S. Grant to the politically post of Collector of the Port of New York. He the next decade as a pawn in power struggles between different presidents. He was removed from his by President Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1880, Arthur was nominated to run for the Vice Presidency. He assumed as Vice President in March 1881.

During his tenure as Vice President, Arthur stood beside President Garfield in internal struggles within the Republican Party. But when Arthur succeeded to the Presidency, he was to prove himself above his party’s political squabbling. In 1883 he passed an that protected employees against removal for political , as had happened to him in New York.

The Arthur Administration enacted the first general Federal immigration law. Arthur approved a in 1882. Congress suspended Chinese immigration for ten years, later the restriction permanent. He had known a year after he succeeded to the Presidency that he was suffering from a kidney disease. He left office in 1885 and died a year at the age of 57.

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