Chester A. Arthur, a Quarter-Century of Machine Politics

Chester A. Arthur, a Quarter-Century of Machine Politics

Chester A. Arthur, a Quarter-Century of Machine Politics

Chester A. Arthur, a Quarter-Century of Machine Politics

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The preparation of this biography began with the writing of a doctoral dissertation in history at Harvard University, in which I had the friendly guidance of Professor Arthur M. Schlesinger. That monograph has been thoroughly rewritten upon a foundation of added research, in which I have been aided by many persons and several institutions. I would acknowledge especially the assistance of Elihu Root, Arthur H. Masten, Miss Alice Arthur, Miss Susan Arthur, John Waterhouse Herndon, Arthur F. J. Crandall, Charles Moore, Willis R. Putney, Mrs. Matthew F. Maury, Jr., Mrs. Robert Alter, Mrs. William A. Cox, Miss Esther G. Ely, Victor H. Paltsits, Elmer E. Ellis, Robert Shafer, Harold M. Vinacke, James P. Baxter, III, Lester B. Shippee, Charles R. Lingley, and Allan Nevins, the editor. I have received unstinted help from my friend, H. William Taeusch, and from my wife, Esther Babbitt Howe.

Certain libraries have been particularly generous. I am pleased to express my appreciation here of aid from the Harvard University Library, Library of Congress, New York Public Library, the Public Record Office (London), University of Cincinnati Library, Public Library of Cincinnati, Hayes Memorial Library, Ohio Historical and Philosophical Society, State Historical Society of Iowa, and the New York Historical Society.

From the University of Cincinnati, assistance has taken various forms, including the encouragement of colleagues in the department of history and a generous grant-in-aid from the Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund, both of which the author gratefully acknowledges.

G. F. H.

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