Was Chester Arthur the most forgettable presidents? He is easily overlooked, with more biographies detailing his time as tax collector of the New York Port Authority more than his inheritance of the Presidency following the assassination of James Garfield. In this cartoon, you see Arthur handing out jobs to Republican cronies who were part of the Conkling machine or Stalwart faction. Once Hayes got into office in 1878, he promptly fired Arthur and attempted to reform the corrupt patronage system. (Ha!) Yet, as you well know, Arthur was right back on the ticket and elected VP in 1881. Interestingly enough, Arthur is credited with passing civil service reform (much to the chagrin of old friend Senator Conkling.) He was rejected by his party after that. Bummer! You should also note that Arthur beefed up our Navy, which was — then — a paltry 6 ships in top condition.