Chester Arthur: The 21st Retrospective

arthur

Chester Arthur had a presidency best described as laconic.


 
“Whatcha got ain’t nothin new. This country’s hard on people, you can’t stop what’s coming, it ain’t all waiting on you. That’s vanity.” – Ellis, No Country for Old Men (2007)
 
Chester Arthur was removed in disgrace as Chief Collector of the NY Custom House in 1878. Three years later he would become President. Only in America.
 

Chester Arthur

While Arthur was a native of Vermont, he was every bit a New Yorker. He was fashionable, loved food and drink, and “was about that Gilded Age life.” With sideburns as a distinguishing feature, he celebrated his VP nomination with a shopping spree.
 
In fact, the move to the White House was a social demotion for Arthur. He got a young designer named Tiffany to redecorate the White House for he refused to live in it as was when he moved in.
 
President Chester Arthur was the product of a corrupt New York political machine. He had to convince the nation he wasn’t just a hack, so he became a reformer even separating from Conkling and the Stalwarts. His argument is that a representative of the old system is someone who is in the best position to change it. When he signed the Pendleton Act, it was remarked by his former friends and cronies that he was no longer Chet Arthur but President.
 

Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act

Established in 1883, it decided that government jobs should be awarded on the basis of merit instead of political affiliation. The act provided selection of government employees by competitive exams, rather than ties to politicians or political affiliation. It also made it illegal to fire or demote government officials for political reasons and prohibited soliciting campaign donations on Federal government property.
 
To enforce the merit system and the judicial system, the law also created the United States Civil Service Commission. This board would be in charge of determining the rules and regulations of the act. The Act also allowed for the president, by executive order to decide which positions could be subject to the act and which would not. A crucial result was the shift of the parties to reliance on funding from business, since they could no longer depend on patronage hopefuls.
 

The Navy

Arthur severely upgraded the Navy, building a modern fleet of sleek ships with rifled gun terrets. We couldn’t effectively fight the Spanish-American War in 1898 without Arthur’s naval foundation in 1882 and 1883.
 

Bitching

Arthur ascended to the presidency via assassination. He never got the opportunity to win his own nomination as he was denied his party’s nomination in 1884 and died two years later from a kidney ailment he battled throughout the Presidency.
 
Arthur was a competent president during a time when all Americans wanted out of the President was competent. There is no doubt that Arthur was a party apparatchtik whose political rise was benefitted by being rich, having the right friends, and going to and hosting the right parties in New York City. He is an example of a crony who became a reformer much like what Donald Trump is purporting to do today.
 
We are now 20 years from the Civil War, and the Presidency has been tested as the public bitched about scandal, assassination and impeachment. Arthur marks how irrelevant the presidency had become as much of the power of the executive was ceded to Congress.
 
James A. Garfield preceded him
 
Grover Cleveland would follow him.
 
It all started with Washington.

Comments

comments

Kwaisi France

An 80's baby forged in the 90's and unleashed upon the world in the 21st century, Kwaisi France is a Baltimore raised Brooklyn resident.

You may also like...

46 Responses

  1. April 17, 2017

    effective

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]

  2. April 17, 2017

    hair buns

    […]Here are a few of the internet sites we advise for our visitors[…]

  3. April 18, 2017

    clothes washer repair

    […]please check out the web-sites we adhere to, such as this a single, because it represents our picks through the web[…]

  4. April 18, 2017

    SAY HELLO

    […]Here is an excellent Weblog You may Come across Intriguing that we Encourage You[…]

  5. April 18, 2017

    WE ARE GROWING ALL THE TIME

    […]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[…]

  6. April 18, 2017

    Reach your target audience faster

    […]that will be the end of this post. Here you will locate some internet sites that we think you will enjoy, just click the hyperlinks over[…]

  7. April 18, 2017

    Nokia 6 Android phones at MWC 2017

    […]one of our guests just lately encouraged the following website[…]

  8. April 18, 2017

    Budget Pet Care Reviews

    […]although sites we backlink to below are considerably not connected to ours, we feel they are essentially worth a go as a result of, so possess a look[…]

  9. April 18, 2017

    Women’s purses

    […]we came across a cool web-site that you just may get pleasure from. Take a appear in the event you want[…]

  10. April 18, 2017

    where to sell car parts

    […]The facts talked about in the post are several of the ideal accessible […]

  11. April 18, 2017

    purses

    […]Every once inside a whilst we select blogs that we read. Listed beneath would be the newest internet sites that we pick out […]

  12. April 18, 2017

    cerrajero en murcia

    […]Here is a great Weblog You might Obtain Exciting that we Encourage You[…]

  13. April 18, 2017

    escape the room nyc

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a couple of unrelated information, nevertheless seriously worth taking a appear, whoa did a single find out about Mid East has got far more problerms also […]

  14. April 19, 2017

    room escape nyc

    […]very few web sites that happen to become detailed beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly effectively worth checking out[…]

  15. April 19, 2017

    adp fake pay stubs

    […]here are some links to sites that we link to for the reason that we believe they are really worth visiting[…]

  16. April 19, 2017

    hosting companies

    […]please stop by the web sites we stick to, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[…]

  17. April 19, 2017

    truck tow strap

    […]just beneath, are a lot of absolutely not related internet sites to ours, nonetheless, they are surely really worth going over[…]

  18. April 19, 2017

    dumpster disposal

    […]we prefer to honor quite a few other net web-sites around the web, even when they aren?t linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages really worth checking out[…]

  19. April 20, 2017

    Van phong dich thuat tieng Duc

    […]Here is a good Weblog You might Locate Intriguing that we Encourage You[…]

  20. April 20, 2017

    warehouse space

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]

  21. April 20, 2017

    why not try these out

    […]very few internet sites that happen to be in depth beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly very well worth checking out[…]

  22. April 20, 2017

    Online Defensive Driving

    […]please check out the web sites we stick to, such as this one, as it represents our picks in the web[…]

  23. April 20, 2017

    check stub maker

    […]below you?ll uncover the link to some sites that we feel you ought to visit[…]

  24. April 21, 2017

    Online Defensive Driving

    […]The information mentioned in the article are some of the ideal readily available […]

  25. April 21, 2017

    Online Defensive Driving

    […]check below, are some absolutely unrelated internet websites to ours, however, they may be most trustworthy sources that we use[…]

  26. April 21, 2017

    Online Defensive Driving

    […]please visit the web-sites we comply with, which includes this 1, because it represents our picks in the web[…]

  27. April 21, 2017

    baby box

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]

  28. April 21, 2017

    Online Defensive Driving

    […]very few internet websites that happen to become in depth below, from our point of view are undoubtedly properly really worth checking out[…]

  29. April 21, 2017

    Online Defensive Driving

    […]Here are several of the websites we recommend for our visitors[…]

  30. April 21, 2017

    towny servers

    […]usually posts some incredibly interesting stuff like this. If you are new to this site[…]

  31. April 22, 2017

    all tech appliance service

    […]the time to read or check out the content or web sites we have linked to beneath the[…]

  32. April 22, 2017

    dogloversofinstagram

    […]the time to read or stop by the subject material or internet sites we have linked to beneath the[…]

  33. April 22, 2017

    Ian Waller

    […]Here are a few of the web-sites we suggest for our visitors[…]

  34. April 23, 2017

    Branding

    […]check beneath, are some entirely unrelated web-sites to ours, even so, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[…]

  35. April 23, 2017

    search engine optimization

    […]The details mentioned inside the report are several of the most effective accessible […]

  36. April 24, 2017

    akuamma seeds for sale

    […]here are some links to internet sites that we link to since we think they’re really worth visiting[…]

  37. April 24, 2017

    plastic nuts

    […]usually posts some extremely fascinating stuff like this. If you are new to this site[…]

  38. April 25, 2017

    Marketplace go ethnyk

    […]that is the end of this article. Here you?ll find some web pages that we think you?ll value, just click the hyperlinks over[…]

  39. April 25, 2017

    lady rose crown ring

    […]please take a look at the web sites we follow, including this one particular, because it represents our picks in the web[…]

  40. April 25, 2017

    affiliate marketing lessons

    […]below you will come across the link to some web sites that we feel you should visit[…]

  41. April 26, 2017

    china chip capacitor 1206 suppliers

    […]usually posts some incredibly intriguing stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[…]

  42. April 26, 2017

    wall art for living room

    […]Sites of interest we have a link to[…]

  43. April 26, 2017

    inexpensive wall art

    […]always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I adore but do not get lots of link love from[…]

  44. April 26, 2017

    aksesori bilik mandi

    […]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not connected to ours, we feel they may be essentially really worth a go via, so have a look[…]

  45. April 26, 2017

    kylpyhuonehanat

    […]always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I enjoy but don’t get lots of link love from[…]

  46. April 26, 2017

    baby name necklace

    […]although internet websites we backlink to below are considerably not associated to ours, we really feel they are actually really worth a go by means of, so possess a look[…]

Leave a Reply