Arthur Chester Alan
Arthur, Chester Alan 1829-1886.
The 21st president of the United States (1881-1885), who became president after the assassination of James A. Garfield. He supported the 1883 Pendleton Act, which created the Civil Service Commission to regulate federal appointments.
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