2. Arthur Avenue is Named After President Arthur
At the time of the estate’s sale, Catherine Lorillard-Wolfe was a great admirer of President Chester A. Arthur. Prior to her death, Lorillard-Wolfe showed her admiration for the 21st president by naming the main street of the new Belmont neighborhood after him.
Similarly, many of Arthur Avenue’s neighboring streets were named after influential figures of the mid-nineteenth century: Hughes Avenue was named after the founder of Fordham University and the first Archbishop of New York, John Hughes; Hoffman Street was named after John Thomas Hoffman, the 23rd governor of New York and previous Mayor of New York; and Bathgate Avenue was named after Scottish immigrant Andrew Bathgate, who managed the estate of one of the Bronx’s original founders.