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To-MAY-to, To-MAH-to

July 14, 2015

Chester A. Arthur was 21st President of the United States. His middle name is spelled A-l-a-n, but it is not pronounced as one might expect. It does not rhyme with ‘gallon,’ where the accent is on the first syllable. Instead, it rhymes with ‘the man,’ where the accent in the phrase is on the second word. This fact was discovered by historian Thomas C. Reeves when he spoke with Arthur’s grandson in the late 1960’s.

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