September 19, 2003

Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Ellen Herndon Arthur.

Not much information has survived on "Nell" Arthur. She died at age 42 of pneumonia, and Chester destroyed most of his personal papers in 1886.

Of note, however, is her father, William Lewis Herndon. He headed an exploration of the Amazon in 1851, but was unfortunately lost at sea in 1857. He went down with his ship in a storm off Cape Hatteras, and was memorialized at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. To read more about him, try this link.

Posted by Jennifer at September 19, 2003 12:04 AM