Cabinet of President Chester A. Arthur (1881–1885)

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  1. Robert Todd Lincoln

    Robert Todd Lincoln


    Robert Todd Lincoln (August 1, 1843 – July 26, 1926) was an American lawyer and businessman. He was the first son of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. Born in Springfield, Illinois, United States, he was the only one of Lincoln's four sons to live to adulthood, and the only member of the Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln family to survive into the 1900s.

  2. Chester A. Arthur

    Chester A. Arthur


    Chester Alan Arthur (October 5, 1829 – November 18, 1886) was the 21st President of the United States (1881–85); he succeeded James Garfield upon the latter's assassination. At the outset, Arthur struggled to overcome his reputation, stemming from his beginnings in politics as a politician from the New York City Republican political machine. He succeeded by embracing the cause of civil service reform. His advocacy for, and subsequent enforcement of, the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act was the centerpiece of his administration.

  3. James G. Blaine

    James G. Blaine


    James Gillespie Blaine (January 31, 1830 – January 27, 1893) was an American statesman and Republican politician who represented Maine in the United States House of Representatives from 1863 to 1876, serving as Speaker of the House from 1869 to 1875, and then in the United States Senate from 1876 to 1881. He twice served as United States Secretary of State (1881, 1889–1892), the only person to hold the position under three separate presidents, and unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for President in 1876 and 1880 before being nominated in 1884. In the general election, he was narrowly defeated by Democrat Grover Cleveland. Blaine was one of the late 19th century's leading Republicans and champion of the moderate reformist faction of the party known as the "Half-Breeds".

  4. William Windom

    William Windom


    William Windom (May 10, 1827 – January 29, 1891) was an American politician from Minnesota. He served as U.S. Representative from 1859 to 1869, and as U.S. Senator from 1870 to January 1871, from March 1871 to March 1881, and from November 1881 to 1883. He also served as Secretary of the Treasury from March to November 1881, and from 1889 to 1891. He was a Republican. He was the great-grandfather of the actor named after him, William Windom.

  5. Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen

    Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen


    Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen (August 4, 1817 – May 20, 1885) was an American lawyer and politician from New Jersey who served as a U.S. Senator and later as United States Secretary of State under President Chester A. Arthur.

  6. Samuel J. Kirkwood

    Samuel J. Kirkwood


    Samuel Jordan Kirkwood (December 20, 1813 – September 1, 1894), was an American politician best known as Iowa's American Civil War Governor. He also served in the U.S. Senate and as U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

  7. William E. Chandler

    William E. Chandler


    William Eaton Chandler (December 28, 1835 – November 30, 1917) was a lawyer who served as United States Secretary of the Navy and as a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire.

  8. Wayne MacVeagh

    Wayne MacVeagh


    Isaac Wayne MacVeagh (April 19, 1833 – January 11, 1917) was an American lawyer, politician and diplomat. He served as the 36th Attorney General of the United States under the administrations of Presidents James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur.

  9. Hugh McCulloch

    Hugh McCulloch


    Hugh McCulloch (December 7, 1808 – May 24, 1895) was an American statesman who served two non-consecutive terms as U.S. Treasury Secretary under three presidents. He was opposed to the National Banking Act of 1864, and attempted to bring the United States back to the gold standard throughout his career.

  10. Benjamin H. Brewster

    Benjamin H. Brewster


    Benjamin Harris Brewster (October 13, 1816 – April 4, 1888) was an attorney and politician from New Jersey, who served as United States Attorney General from 1881 to 1885.

  11. Frank Hatton (U.S. politician)

    Frank Hatton (U.S. politician)


    Frank Hatton (April 28, 1846 – April 30, 1894) was an American politician and newspaperman.

  12. Charles J. Folger

    Charles J. Folger


    Charles James Folger (April 16, 1818 – September 4, 1884) was an American lawyer and politician. He was U.S. Secretary of the Treasury from 1881 until his death.

  13. Walter Q. Gresham

    Walter Q. Gresham


    Walter Quintin Gresham (March 17, 1832 – May 28, 1895) was an American statesman and jurist. He served as United States Postmaster General, as a judge on the United States Courts of Appeals, was a two-time candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and was Secretary of State, and Secretary of the Treasury. He was also an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

  14. William H. Hunt

    William H. Hunt


    William Henry Hunt (June 12, 1823 – February 27, 1884) was the United States Secretary of the Navy under President James Garfield and briefly under President Chester A. Arthur.

  15. Thomas Lemuel James

    Thomas Lemuel James


    Thomas Lemuel James (March 29, 1831 – September 11, 1916) was an American journalist, government official, and banker who served as the United States Postmaster General in 1881.

  16. Henry M. Teller

    Henry M. Teller


    Henry Moore Teller (May 23, 1830 – February 23, 1914) was a U.S. politician from Colorado, serving as a US senator between 1876–1882 and 1885–1909, also serving as Secretary of the Interior between 1882 and 1885. He strongly opposed the Dawes Act, intended to break up communal Native American lands and force assimilation of the people, accurately stating that it was directed at forcing the Indians to give up their land so that it could be sold to white settlers. Among his most prominent achievements was authoring the Teller Amendment which definitively stated that, following the Spanish-American War, the U.S. would not annex Cuba rather that the purpose of their involvement would be to help it gain independence from Spain.

  17. Timothy O. Howe

    Timothy O. Howe


    Timothy Otis Howe (February 24, 1816 – March 25, 1883) was a member of the United States Senate, representing the state of Wisconsin from March 4, 1861, to March 4, 1879. He also served as U.S. Postmaster General from 1881 through 1883.

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