A staunch abolitionist and one of only two presidents to be inaugurated in New York City, Chester A. Arthur has earned his place in the history of the city and his place in the northeast corner of Madison Square Park, near the 26th Street entrance.
Sculpted by George Edwin Bissel, the Chester A. Arthur statue depicts our 21st President in a frock coat as he stands before a rug-draped armchair. The bronze portrait sits atop an ornamental base of polished black Barre granite, which has the presidential seal embossed upon its back.
Mr. Arthur was elected Vice President in 1880 and assumed the highest office in the land after President James A. Garfield was assassinated in 1881. His administration was honest and efficient, but Arthur failed to win re-nomination on the Republican ticket in 1884.