Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Twenty-first President: Chester A. Arthur - 5 comments

Do we need to disuss anything beyond this President's admirable facial hair? Probably not.


Blogger matt kirkland said...

But perhaps we're amiss not to mention his achievements. He assumed the office after Garfield was assassinated (in part so that Arthur's faction of Republicans, the Stalwarts, could take the office), and many doubted that he would make his mark as a President. One historian calls him, "profoundly and widely distrusted."

His previous record didn't bode well, either - President Hayes fired Arthur from his post as the New York Collector of Customs for bribery and corruption.

Arthur surprised them all, however. He discharged his presidential duties with great seriousness, and reformed the corrupt Civil Service departments. He left the office a well-respected man.

February 5, 2008 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Matt! It's Mellie and Chad -- we keep forgetting to tell you that we've been fully keeping up with these since Pope-by-Pope when we first met you. We love them.

February 6, 2008 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger matt kirkland said...

Thanks, Mellie! I read that news with equal parts pride and embarrassment.

February 6, 2008 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Chad Krizan said...

I guess the facial hair is why Guiteau was so excited to make him president?

February 7, 2008 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger matt kirkland said...

Yes Chad, that's my theory exactly. Mutton Chops for President!

February 7, 2008 at 3:23 PM  

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