About Collecting Chester A. Arthur Autographs
It was written of Chester A. Arthur, "No man ever entered the Presidency so profoundly and widely distrusted, and no one ever retired … more generally respected." For a much-admired man who must have had a significant correspondence, his letters are quite uncommon. Most that do appear are from the time he spent as New York State quartermaster during the Civil War and Collector of the Port of New York afterwards.
During the 1880 campaign, one finds routine correspondence. His letters tend to be very short and express gratitude, set up a meeting, make a request, or the like. An important content letter would be quite a find. Signed photographs are also great rarities.