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Julia Sand

March 10, 2016

President Garfield had lingered for many weeks. It was only a matter of time before Vice President Arthur would succeed him to the Presidency. In late August 1881 Arthur received a letter from someone he had never met, someone urging him to reform. Although the language was very direct, the author obviously hoped Arthur would be successful.

“Rise to the emergency. Disappoint our fears. Force the nation to have faith in you. Show from the first that you have none but the purest aims.”

That’s what Julia Sand wrote in her letter to Chester Arthur. But who was she? The return address belonged to Theodore Sand, a New York banker. Was Julia his wife? His mother? His daughter or sister? Arthur saved the letter for future reference.

President Garfield died on September 19. On September 28 Julia Sand wrote again.

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