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CHESTER A. ARTHUR, Signed as President on Card

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CHESTER A. ARTHUR, Signed  as President on Card

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President “Chester A Arthur” “Executive Mansion” Card
CHESTER A. ARTHUR (1829 - 1886). 21st President of the United States (1881–1885), becoming President after the Assassination of President James A. Garfield.
Signed “Chester A Arthur” as President, on engraved “Executive Mansion, Washington” in deep blue ink printed upon the card, no date (c. 1881-84), measuring 2.75” x 4”, Choice Crisp Extremely Fine+. Prior mounting remnants on the blank verso. The Signature “Chester A Arthur” is boldly written in deep vivid brown, measuring a huge 3.5” across. Quite scarce, one of the finest examples we have seen and highly attractive for display.
After just half a year as Vice President, Arthur found himself, unexpectedly, in the Executive Mansion. To the surprise of reformers, Arthur took up the reform cause that had once led to his expulsion from office. He signed the “Pendleton Act” into law, and enforced its provisions vigorously. He won plaudits for his veto of a Rivers and Harbors Act that would have appropriated federal funds in a manner he thought excessive. He presided over the rebirth of the United States Navy but was criticized for failing to alleviate the federal budget surplus that had been accumulating since the end of the American Civil War.

Suffering from poor health, Arthur made only a limited effort to secure renomination in 1884; he retired at the close of his term. As journalist Alexander McClure would later write, "No man ever entered the Presidency so profoundly and widely distrusted as Chester Alan Arthur, and no one ever retired ... more generally respected, alike by political friend and foe." Although his failing health and political temperament combined to make his administration less active than a modern presidency, he earned praise among contemporaries for his solid performance in office. The New York World summed up Arthur's presidency at his death in 1886: "No duty was neglected in his administration, and no adventurous project alarmed the nation."
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CHESTER A. ARTHUR, Signed as President on Card

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Lot 0006 Details

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President “Chester A Arthur” “Executive Mansion” Card
CHESTER A. ARTHUR (1829 - 1886). 21st President of the United States (1881–1885), becoming President after the Assassination of President James A. Garfield.
Signed “Chester A Arthur” as President, on engraved “Executive Mansion, Washington” in deep blue ink printed upon the card, no date (c. 1881-84), measuring 2.75” x 4”, Choice Crisp Extremely Fine+. Prior mounting remnants on the blank verso. The Signature “Chester A Arthur” is boldly written in deep vivid brown, measuring a huge 3.5” across. Quite scarce, one of the finest examples we have seen and highly attractive for display.
After just half a year as Vice President, Arthur found himself, unexpectedly, in the Executive Mansion. To the surprise of reformers, Arthur took up the reform cause that had once led to his expulsion from office. He signed the “Pendleton Act” into law, and enforced its provisions vigorously. He won plaudits for his veto of a Rivers and Harbors Act that would have appropriated federal funds in a manner he thought excessive. He presided over the rebirth of the United States Navy but was criticized for failing to alleviate the federal budget surplus that had been accumulating since the end of the American Civil War.

Suffering from poor health, Arthur made only a limited effort to secure renomination in 1884; he retired at the close of his term. As journalist Alexander McClure would later write, "No man ever entered the Presidency so profoundly and widely distrusted as Chester Alan Arthur, and no one ever retired ... more generally respected, alike by political friend and foe." Although his failing health and political temperament combined to make his administration less active than a modern presidency, he earned praise among contemporaries for his solid performance in office. The New York World summed up Arthur's presidency at his death in 1886: "No duty was neglected in his administration, and no adventurous project alarmed the nation."

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