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Chester A. Arthur assumed the presidency on this date back in 1881 upon the death of President James A. Garfield.

There was much controversy with his assumption, Congress was essentially leaderless due to the resignation of Conkling, opinions differed on the ascendancy and Arthur wasn’t even in Washington when it occurred.

He took the oath at his home in New York City!

His presidency isn’t one of the most memorable ones, but anyone who occupies the office leaves a legacy.

And they leave quotes.

He left many, but today, for this Wordless Wednesday, I’ll use this one.

“Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remain unshaken.”

45 men have occupied the office of the Presidency, many have passed on, but the fabrics of the free institutions do remain unshaken.

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