Alan Arthur (Born 1761) and
Eliza Arthur (Nee Meharg)
lived in Cullybackey at Arthur
Cottage. Their son, William
(the Presidents Father) was
born on the 5th
December 1797 in the Cottage
and emigratedwith other members
of the family to North America
between 1816 and 1820. There
he met and married Malvina
Stone and earned his living
as a Baptist Minister.
Parsonage in Vermont (USA)
where Chester Alan Arthur
and his parents
took up residence from 1830.
web address for
President Arthur's House in
the USA is:
Alan Arthur was born on 5th
October 1830 at Fairfield, Vermont.
After graduation he practised law
and in 1854 was admitted to the New
York bar. Over the years he played
an active part in politics and in
1881, when James A. Garfield was elected
President, Arthur, as his Republican
running mate, became Vice-President.
20th September 1881 Chester
Alan Arthur took the Presidential
Oath to become the 21st
President of the USA at the age of
is interesting to note that Mary,
the Presidents sister, and his schoolboy
son, Chester Alan Jnr., visited the
old Arthur homestead in Cullybackey
in 1882 and made contact with various
members of the Arthur family who were
living in the district.
& Production: Albert McKendry
Cottage" Photographs by kind
permission of the Michael Dalton
Collection & The N. Ireland
Tourist Board Photographic Collection.
thanks to Cullybackey Library
for research material and their