NY Presidents Pop Quiz #4

Arthur cutoutIn honor of Presidents Day, AOA has decided to slack off today. A little bit. But only because we're honoring the presidents. And with that in mind, we've put together a little presidential pop quiz -- we'll be posting one question for each of the six presidents from New York today.

Question: Which New York president had to give the White House a makeover before moving in? He also -- like Barack Obama -- took the oath of office twice upon becoming president.

The answer's after the jump.

chester arthurAnswer: Chester A. Arthur

The nation's 21st president was born in Vermont but grew up in New York. He later attended Union College.

Arthur became president after James Garfield was assassinated in 1881. He ended up taking the oath of office twice. The first time by a New York state justice -- and then again by the Chief Justice of the United States (there was some doubt as whether the oath given by a state justice actually counted).

Chester Arthur was famous for his very developed sense of style and got the nickname "The Gentleman Boss." Upon becoming president, he waited to move into the White House so the place could get a complete redecoration. Some 24 wagonloads of furniture were carted away to make room for new pieces by Louis Tiffany, one of the most famous designers of that time.

Arthur is buried in the Albany Rural Cemetery.

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