Shadow and Custodial President

1891 WordsOct 8, 19998 Pages
Shadow and Custodial Presidents Grant (1868) – Cleveland (1892) Throughout the history of the world there have been many people remembered for their actions and a great deal more forgotten for no real reason. This does not exempt more recent history. After the American Civil War, six lesser-known Presidents, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, and Harrison, have been given titles of either shadow or custodial presidents. A shadow, is a section of darkness, or a part that follows behind. Some of the Presidents seem to have fallen into the shadows of other events, people, and issues. Others put themselves there, just stepping out long enough to take care of a few urgent tasks then sink back into the unknown. "Custodial…show more content…
Had Garfield lived to complete his term of office he may have been one of the greatest Presidents of all time. He showed signs of being a good leader and an honest gentleman. Unfortunately, his shortened term causes him to be looked upon as one of the less effective and less important Presidents. Thus becoming a shadow President. Chester A. Arthur 1881-1884 Chester A. Arthur was known for having the "look" of a President. He was born in Fairfield, Vermont to a Baptist preacher. Arthur graduated from Union College, proceeded to teach school, and was later accepted into the bar. In 1871, President Grant appointed Arthur as Collector of the port of New York. Arthur, like Grant, was a follower of the Spoils System. He served as vice- President until the time of Garfield's death. Upon becoming President he acted more as a status symbol than a government official. Arthur was always seen with the elite of Washington and other large cities. Congress, at the time, was also trying to limit some of the President's responsibilities. During Arthur's term, the tariff became a dividing issue between political parties. He signed the Tariff Act of 1833, but it had little effect because as many prices were raised as were lowered. Next Arthur enforced new laws about immigration. He stopped paupers, lunatics, and criminals from entering the country, and then limited Chinese immigration for ten years. Arthur retired with no fame or real accomplishments
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