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Chester Arthur Collection

"Chester Arthur: A President's Journey Through History" Step back in time and explore the life of Chester A. Arthur, the 21st President of the United States

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: Chester A. Arthur

Chester A. Arthur
President Chester A. Arthur, with his autograph. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century portrait

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: President Chester Arthur sitting with Roscoe Conkling, 1882

President Chester Arthur sitting with Roscoe Conkling, 1882
1576735 President Chester Arthur sitting with Roscoe Conkling, 1882; (add.info.: Arthur's awkward "white elephant"' President Chester A)

President Arthur as a magician on stage, 1881
1576783 President Arthur as a magician on stage, 1881; (add.info.: A presidential conjuror' President Chester A. Arthur as a magician on a stage)

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: James Garfield and Chester Arthur, 1880

James Garfield and Chester Arthur, 1880
1576362 James Garfield and Chester Arthur, 1880; (add.info.: James A. Garfield Republican candidate for president, Chester A)

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: Ulysses Grant recommending some friends to President Arthur, 1881

Ulysses Grant recommending some friends to President Arthur, 1881
1576740 Ulysses Grant recommending some friends to President Arthur, 1881; (add.info.: A way out of President Arthur's dilemma' Ulysses S. Grant recommending to President Chester A)

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: Several legislators slicing up a large watermelon, 1882

Several legislators slicing up a large watermelon, 1882
1576736 Several legislators slicing up a large watermelon, 1882; (add.info.: A free feast for the congressional coloured boys)

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: Chester Arthur's Presidential party in Upper Geyser Basin, 1883

Chester Arthur's Presidential party in Upper Geyser Basin, 1883
1576460 Chester Arthur's Presidential party in Upper Geyser Basin, 1883; (add.info.: Presidential party, Upper Geyser Basin' Photograph is group portrait of members of Chester A)

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester A. Arthur, and Grover Cleveland as pilgrims on a journey through a

Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester A. Arthur, and Grover Cleveland as pilgrims on a journey through a rugged Middle East
1576185 Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester A. Arthur, and Grover Cleveland as pilgrims on a journey through a rugged Middle East, 1885; (add.info.: The good Samaritan' Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester A)

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Chester Arthur

Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Chester Arthur
President Chester A. Arthur presiding over the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: Garfield and Arthur Quilt, Pennsylvania, c. 1880. Creators: Annie Ensminger Kready

Garfield and Arthur Quilt, Pennsylvania, c. 1880. Creators: Annie Ensminger Kready
Garfield and Arthur Quilt, Pennsylvania, c. 1880. Patchwork quilt featuring a promotional handkerchief with portraits of James A. Garfield and Chester B

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: Chester Alan Arthur, April 1884. Creator: George Peter Alexander Healy

Chester Alan Arthur, April 1884. Creator: George Peter Alexander Healy
Chester Alan Arthur, April 1884

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: Chester A Arthur, 21st President of the United States of America, (1901)

Chester A Arthur, 21st President of the United States of America, (1901). Chester Alan Arthur (1829-1886) was Vice-President to James Garfield

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: New Years reception at the White House, 1880s

New Years reception at the White House, 1880s
Diplomats and other New Years visitors received at the White House, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: PPRE2A-00140

PPRE2A-00140
Chester Arthur taking the Inaugural Oath at his residence in New York City after President Garfields death, 1881. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: Vintage print of the first twenty-one Presidents seated together in The White House

Vintage print of the first twenty-one Presidents seated together in The White House
Vintage American history print of the first twenty-one Presidents of The United States seated together in The White House. It reads, Our Presidents. 1789 - 1881

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: PPRE2A-00275

PPRE2A-00275
President Chester A. Arthur and President-elect Grover Cleveland leaving the White House for the inauguration, 1885. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: President Arthur fishing on a remote lake

President Arthur fishing on a remote lake
President Chester A. Arthur on a fishing trip, 1884. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: Inauguration of James A. Garfield, 1881

Inauguration of James A. Garfield, 1881
James A. Gatrfield inaugurated as US President, 1881. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: Washington Monument completed, 1884

Washington Monument completed, 1884
President Arthur placing the capstone to complete the Washington Monument, 1884. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: Chester A. Arthur, Vice-President-Elect of the United States, 1880, 19th Century

Chester A. Arthur, Vice-President-Elect of the United States, 1880, 19th Century
CHESTER A. ARTHUR, VICE-PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE UNITED STATES, 1880, 19th century engraving, USA, America

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: President Chester A. Arthur 1883 A. D

President Chester A. Arthur 1883 A. D
President Chester A. Arthur 1883. 21st President of the United States of America. Library of Congress

Background imageChester Arthur Collection: President Arthur in Newport

President Arthur in Newport
President Chester A. Arthur on vacation in Newport, Rhode Island, 1884. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration


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"Chester Arthur: A President's Journey Through History" Step back in time and explore the life of Chester A. Arthur, the 21st President of the United States. From his early years to his presidency, this captivating figure left an indelible mark on American history. Take a glimpse at the Garfield and Arthur Quilt, a stunning piece created by Annie Ensminger Kready around 1880. This intricate work of art pays homage to both James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, showcasing their significant contributions. In another remarkable portrait captured by Ole Peter Hansen Balling in 1881, we see Chester A. Arthur exuding confidence and authority as he takes on the responsibilities of leading a nation. George Peter Alexander Healy's April 1884 depiction showcases a more contemplative side of President Arthur. The artist masterfully captures his introspective nature while highlighting his distinguished features. As you delve deeper into history, witness President Chester A. Arthur inaugurating James A. Garfield in 1881—an event that marked not only their close bond but also America's resilience during challenging times. President Arthur's legacy extends beyond politics; he played an instrumental role in one of America's most iconic landmarks—the Brooklyn Bridge—opening it to the public during his tenure. A vintage print featuring all twenty-one Presidents seated together at The White House provides a rare glimpse into presidential camaraderie throughout history—a testament to our nation's democratic values. Join us for New Year's reception at The White House in the 1880s—a festive occasion where President Chester Alan Arthur welcomed guests with warmth and grace, setting an example for future leaders. Beyond political duties, we find moments when President Arthur sought solace amidst nature—captured beautifully as he fishes on a remote lake—an escape from the demands of leadership yet still embodying strength and determination. Reflecting upon these snapshots from different periods brings us closer to understanding the multifaceted character of Chester Arthur.