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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (A)
Arthur, Chester Alan

(1830-1886), 21st President of the United States, born in Fairfield, Vt., was the son of Scottish parents, his father being pastor of Baptist churches in Vermont and New York. He chose law as a profession and practiced in New York. As a politician he became a leader in the Republican Party. During the Civil War he was energetic as quartermaster general of New York in getting troops raised and equipped. He was afterward collector of customs for the port of New York. In 1880 he was elected Vice President on the death of James A. Garfield in 1881. He died in New York City, Nov. 18, 1886.

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