To the Hon. Chester A. Arthur; Respectfully, Julia I. Sand


Justice John R. Brady, Justice of New York State Supreme Court, administering the oath of office to Vice President Arthur. Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper/public domain

In 1882 and 1883, decades before women had the right to vote, Julia Sand wrote a series of letters to President Chester A. Arthur that may have influenced his presidency.

Tracy's Research:

  • Pothen, James. “Overlooked No More: Julia Sand, Whose Letters Inspired a President.” New York Times. August 8, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/08/obituaries/julia-sand-chester-a-arthur-overlooked.html
  • Cunningham, Lilian. “Chester A. Arthur: Redemption.” Presidential podcast. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/business/podcasts/presidential/?utm_term=.57e0d14182ad
  • Reeves, Thomas. “The President's Dwarf: The Letters of Julia Sand to Chester A. Arthur.” New York History, Vol. 52, No. 1. January 1971. Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/23162974
  • Reeves, Thomas. “The Search for the Chester Alan Arthur Papers.” The Wisconsin Magazine of History, Vol. 55, No. 4 (Summer, 1972). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/4634741
  • Schwartz, Sybil. “In Defense of Chester Arthur.” The Wilson Quarterly (1976-), Vol. 2, No. 4 (Autumn, 1978). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/40255548
  • Shelly, Fred. “The Chester A. Arthur Papers.” Quarterly Journal of Current Acquisitions, Vol. 16, No. 3 (MAY 1959). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/29780904
  • Greenberger, Scott S. “The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur.” De Capo Press. 2017.
  • Reeves, Thomas C. “The Mystery of Chester Alan Arthur's Birthplace.” Proceedings of the Vermont Historical Society. Vol. XXXVIII. No. 4. Autumn 1970. https://vermonthistory.org/journal/misc/MysteryOfChester.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: 19th century, assassinations, women, letters, U.S. history, corruption