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Chester Alan Arthur -- Death

Chester Alan Arthur died in New York City, New York, on November 18, 1886.

Arthur was diagnosed with Bright's Disease, a kidney ailment, in 1882, but kept the diagnosis secret from everyone. Knowing that his condition was fatal, he made little effort to seek nomination for a second term as President. Supporters did place his name on the ballot at the Republican National Convention in 1884, but the nomination ultimately went to former Secretary of State James G. Blaine.

After leaving the White House in 1885, Arthur returned to his old law practice at Arthur, Knevals & Ransom in New York City, New York. Ill health limited his ability to work, however, and he took on very few assignments. He spent the summer of 1886 in New London, Connecticut, but by then he had become so frail that he couldn't even go fishing, once one of his favorite activities. On November 16, for reasons unknown, he ordered nearly all of his papers, both personal and official, burned. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage the next morning, and passed away at his home in the presence of his children and sisters on the 18th. On November 22, a private funeral was held at the Church of the Heavenly Rest (an Episcopal Church of which Arthur was a member) in New York City; President Grover Cleveland and former President Rutherford B. Hayes were among the notable attendees.

Chester Alan Arthur was buried alongside his wife Ellen Lewis (who had died in 1880) in the Arthur Family Plot in the Albany (New York) Rural Cemetery. [His father had acquired the plot while pastor of a nearby Baptist church.] His grave is marked by a monument consisting of a giant bronze female angel figure placing a bronze palm leaf on a granite sarcophagus. Dedicated on June 15, 1889, the monument was paid for by friends of the former President and designed by Ephraim Keyser.

grave of Chester Alan Arthur
grave of Chester Alan Arthur

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