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Gentleman Boss by Thomas C. Reeves
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Chester Arthur is one of those "neverheardofum" presidents, but not for his lack of an effort to be remembered. Long a New York political cog and boss, Arthur steered another direction when he came into the job he never wanted--President of the United States. Reeves painstakingly explores Arthur's time in the New York City Customhouse, a patronage-hogging job which President Hayes removed him from less than two years before seeing him enter the White House. In the nation's top post, Arthur pursued a grand agenda, internationally and domestically, but to little effect, leaving him largely an empty glass on the table of history. A biography packed with detail despite Arthur's destruction of many of his papers, Gentleman Boss is a terrific ride from Lexington to Pennsylvania Avenues.
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Reading Progress

January 12, 2017 – Shelved
January 12, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
January 12, 2017 – Shelved as: presidential-bios
December 17, 2017 – Started Reading
December 17, 2017 –
page 22
4.4% "Becoming a cog in the New York political machine."
December 19, 2017 –
page 54
10.8% "A job from Tweed is suspicious, indeed. Reeves: "The politics of postwar America would shatter a great many reputations forged in the service of either the Blue or the Gray.""
December 23, 2017 –
page 111
22.2% "A Hayes supporter... for now."
December 26, 2017 –
page 160
32.0% "I think 1878-79 are good years to forget!"
December 27, 2017 –
page 205
41.0% "To the spoilsman goes the victory."
December 29, 2017 –
page 250
50.0% ""It is not the proof of highest goodness never to have done wrong--but it is a proof of it . . . to pause and ponder, to recognize the evil, to turn resolutely against it and devote the remainder of one's life to that only which is pure & exalted." Who is the mysterious Julia Sand?"
December 31, 2017 –
page 322
64.4% "Star Route fraudsters win, Republicans lose. Democrat Cleveland takes New York."
January 1, 2018 – Shelved as: read-in-2017
January 1, 2018 –
page 351
70.2% "Lets get sailing."
January 3, 2018 –
page 401
80.2% "A furious international agenda!"
January 4, 2018 –
page 420
84.0% "A busy partial-term president!"
January 5, 2018 – Finished Reading

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