Chester A. Arthur historical plaque.

President Arthur Inaugurated and Died Here

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New York, New York

George Washington took his oath of office as President in New York City; the event was celebrated with a heroic statue. Chester A. Arthur took his oath of office as President in New York City; the event was marked with a tiny plaque.

For Arthur, the oath-taking occurred at his Manhattan townhouse on Sep. 20, 1881, "upon the death of President James A. Garfield, killed by a disgruntled office seeker," according to the plaque.

Arthur returned to his Manhattan home after his one term as President, his own health failing, and died here on Nov. 18, 1886, in the same house where his wife had died only six years earlier. Those facts are not mentioned on the plaque, perhaps to avoid spooking any future tenants.

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President Arthur Inaugurated and Died Here

123 Lexington Ave., New York, NY
Midtown Manhattan. On the east side of Lexington Ave., the third brownstone north of E. 28th St. The tiny plaque, behind hazy glass, can be seen just to the right of the entrance to #123, and just to the left of an outdoor ATM.
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