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Chester A. Arthur

What are chester Alan Arthur's major accomplishments?

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September 22, 2009 6:12PM

He insisted on having honest administration in the Customs House(NY). He was the "champion" of civil service reform.

He signed the Pendleton Civil Service Act, which provided for a "classified system" that allowed certain government positions to be obtained only through written examinations. This system protected people from being removed for political reasons, and ensured that they were awarded the position through their merit, rather than political party/connections.

He passed the Tariff Act, lowering tariff prices.

Passed the first federal immigration law, excluding paupers, criminals, and lunatics from entering the U.S., and Modernized the Navy