Chester A. Arthur served as the 21st President of the United States, succeeded by James A. Garfield upon the latter’s assassination. With a negative reputation during his political career, Arthur struggled heavily to gain favor. Known for the signing of the Pendleton Act, veto of the Rivers and Harbors Acts, and presiding over the rebirth of the United States Navy, Arthur left his mark in history behind. Here is a look at some of the most notable Chester A. Arthur quotes ever documented.
“As is natural with contiguous states having like institutions and like aims of advancement and development, the friendship of the United States and Mexico has been constantly maintained.”
“Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using.”
“Experience has shown that the trade of the East is the key to national wealth and influence.”
“Honors to me now are not what they once were.”
“I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damned business.”
“I trust the time is nigh when, with the universal assent of civilized people, all international differences shall be determined without resort to arms by the benignant processes of civilization.”
“If it were not for the reporters, I would tell you the truth.”
“If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.”
“It is provided by the Constitution that the President shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the Union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”
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“Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken.”
“No higher proof exists of the strength of popular government than, though the chosen of the people be struck down, his constitutional successor is peacefully installed without shock or strain.”
“Since I came here I have learned that Chester A. Arthur is one man and the President of the United States is another.”
“The countries of the American continent and the adjacent islands are for the United States the natural marts of supply and demand.”
“The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it.”
“The health of the people is of supreme importance. All measures looking to their protection against the spread of contagious diseases and to the increase of our sanitary knowledge for such purposes deserve attention of Congress.”
“The office of the Vice-President is a greater honor than I ever dreamed of attaining.”
“There are very many characteristics which go into making a model civil servant.”
“Well, there doesn’t seem anything else for an ex-President to do but to go into the country and raise big pumpkins.”
“Where you stand depends where you sit.”
Here is a quick look at Chester A. Arthur’s term serving as the 21st President of the United States of America as presented by the History Channel.
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