Category Archives: Natural Born Citizen

The “Grandfather Clause” Regarding the “Natural Born Citizen” Requirement of the Constitution — Was It Ever Needed or Used?

“No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office … Continue reading

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The Historical Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen” –
Part 7: Summary and Conclusion

[To start at the very beginning, click here.]  What Color Is the Sky? In October 2008, Leo Donofrio filed a lawsuit alleging that Barack Obama, as the son of a Kenyan (and therefore British) father, was Constitutionally ineligible to be … Continue reading

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The Historical Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen” –
Part 6: The 20th Century and Today

[To start at the very beginning, click here.]  We have only a few more bits of evidence to look at, from the 20th century and recent history. And we will also take a look at some quotes of what people … Continue reading

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The Historical Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen” —
Part 5: The Supreme Court Speaks

[To start at the very beginning, click here.]  “Four Supreme Court Cases” In the fall of 2009, a blog called “The Post & Email” ran an article which claimed that four US Supreme Court cases had defined the term “natural … Continue reading

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US State Department Policy Relevant to Natural Born Citizenship in the 1880s and 1890s

 As we’ve seen in the 1856 Presidential election campaign of John Charles Fremont, there never seems to have been any problem in recognizing that persons born in the United States to non-citizen parents were natural born citizens. By the 1880s, … Continue reading

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The Historical Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen” —
Part 4: The Civil War and Beyond (1862-1872)

[To start at the very beginning, click here.]  In this part, we’ll turn our attention to the developments in citizenship law after the 1857 Dred Scott decision. The first significant development we’ll note is an 1862 Opinion on Citizenship written … Continue reading

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The Historical Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen” —
Part 3: Antebellum America [1825--1860s]

[To start at the very beginning, click here.]  Having examined the meaning of “natural born citizen” during the lifetime of the Founders, let’s look at what it meant between that time and the US Civil War. The founding of the … Continue reading

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Evidence Found that American Common Law Defined Whether a Child Born on US Soil of Non-Citizen Parents Was a Natural Born Citizen! (Lynch v Clarke, 1844)

[Note: This post began as a portion of Part 3 of this blog's final article. It has been split out to make a post of its own.]  Previously at this blog, we’ve looked at Mario Apuzzo’s claim that American common … Continue reading

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The Historical Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen” —
Part 2: In the Early United States [1787--1825]

[To start at the very beginning, click here.]  In Part 1 of this article, we looked at the available historical clues up to the writing of our Constitution, for the meaning of “natural born citizen.” In this part, we’ll see … Continue reading

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The Historical Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen” —
Part 1: Before the Constitution [up to 1787]

“Your… argument is absurd given that historically a “natural born Citizen” had only one definition, i.e., a child born in the country to citizen parents. There never has been any other definition. So your attempt to go looking for one … Continue reading

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