1885 marked the final year of Chester A. Arthur’s presidency. Arthur had been elected as Vice President under James Garfield. In an unfortunate turn of events, Garfield was assassinated just several months into his first term. Arthur was thus President of the United States for nearly four years, all the while never having a Vice President of his own. This 1885 nickel recalls the second longest period the United States has gone without a Vice President, the longest period occurred under Tyler when he assumed the presidency after his President, Harrison, died just a month into his term.