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|CHESTER ALAN ARTHUR
Dignified, tall, and handsome, with clean-shaven chin and side-whiskers, Chester Alan Arthur "looked like a President."
Honorable in his personal life and his public career, Arthur nevertheless was a firm believer in the spoils system while serving as Collector of the New York Custom House. He insisted upon honest administration of the Customs House, but staffed it with more employees than it needed, retaining them for their merit as party workers rather than as government officials. In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes, attempting to reform the Customs House, ousted Arthur. Senator Roscoe Conkling and his followers tried to win redress by fighting for the renomination of Ulysses Grant at the 1880 Republican Convention. Failing, they reluctantly accepted the nomination of Arthur for the Vice Presidency.
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