To: Sherman Logan
If I remember correctly, his mom moved across the border from Canada when quite young. I couldn't find any information on naturalization proceedings, and I'm not sure there was much in the way of a formal process during most of the 19th century.
He was born in the U.S. but his father didn't get his U.S. citizenship until years after Arthur's birth, a fact that Arthur went to great lengths to hide.
posted on 12/10/2009 8:03:51 AM PST
I was referring to the “other” American president I mentioned farther up.
My apologies that I can’t remember which one this was. Certainly nobody seemed concerned about it at the time.
In Arthur’s case, an opponent first claimed he was born in Ireland. When that was disproven, he switched it to claiming he was born in Canada. I’m unaware of anybody at the time being particularly concerned about his father’s citizenship status at the time of his birth.
Of course, Arthus was running for vice-president, not president.
posted on 12/10/2009 8:22:51 AM PST
by Sherman Logan
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