Chester A. Arthur

Early Career

When did Arthur turn to law?

To support himself, Arthur pursued a career in law, studying in Ballston Spa, New York, while still teaching. He later studied under attorney Erastus D. Culver in New York City. Culver, an ardent abolitionist, handled many cases and fought against the Fugitive Slave Act. Arthur enjoyed this work and later became admitted to the New York bar in 1854.


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