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Expansion of the Navy

The American navy had gone into steep decline in the years following the Civil War. Little new building was undertaken and many existing ships were badly deteriorated.

In 1882, funds were appropriated for construction of the first all-steel ships, earning for President Chester Arthur the nickname "Father of the American navy."

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His administration is also credited with the modernization of the American Navy. These actions alienated his former supporters and left the Republican Party in total disunity. Arthur was virtually a president without party support. He was also ...


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