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|Chester Alan Arthur -- Early Life
Chester Alan Arthur was born in a very modest home in Fairfield Township, Vermont, on October 5, 1829, the fifth child and first son of William and Malvina (Stone) Arthur.
William Arthur was an itinerant Baptist minister. North Fairfield's 46-member congregation was his first post. The Arthur family lived in a small cabin for more than a year while the Fairfield congregation finished the frame parsonage. It was in the cabin that Chester was born.
Today a granite monument stands next to a small
two-room yellow house. Dedicated by Robert Todd Lincoln
in 1903, the monument identifies the location where
locals says Chester Alan Arthur was born. In 1950 the
State of Vermont purchased additional land around the
monument and the present building was recreated in 1953
using an old photograph of the house as a guide.
The family remained in Fairfield until 1832, when William was again sent onto the road. The itinerant lifestyle took the family to several towns in Vermont and upstate New York before it was once again able to settle down, this time in Schenectady, New York, in 1835.
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