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Chester Alan Arthur
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c. 1880
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The chance to become the Republican Party's nominee for vice president in 1880 was a welcome opportunity for Chester A. Arthur. "This is a higher honor than I have ever dreamt of attaining," admitted Arthur. "I shall accept!" Arthur's nomination, as well as that of James A. Garfield, the presidential nominee, was part of a political compromise to unite a bitterly divided Republican Party. Arthur was from New York and was aligned with an entrenched political faction called the Stalwarts. Through their patronage, he won the lucrative and powerful appointment of collector of the Port of New York in 1871. When Arthur, a longtime practitioner of partisan politics, unexpectedly became president in 1881, he forsook his longtime political allegiances and rejected cronyism.
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Robert L. Drapkin
Napoleon Sarony, 9 Mar 1821 - 9 Nov 1896
Chester Alan Arthur, 5 Oct 1829 - 18 Nov 1886
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Albumen silver print
Image/Sheet: 14.7 × 10.4 cm (5 13/16 × 4 1/8")
Mount: 16.5 × 10.7 cm (6 1/2 × 4 3/16")
Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14")
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National Portrait Gallery
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