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Chester Alan Arthur was the son of Irish-born preacher William Arthur and Vermont-born Malvina Stone Arthur. Most official references list him as having been born in Fairfield in Franklin County, Vermont on October 5, 1829. But Arthur sometimes claimed to have born in 1830, the date that is on his grave inscription and occurs in some reference works. His father had initially migrated to Dunham, Québec, Canada, where he and his wife at one point owned a farm about 80 miles (129 km) north of the U.S. border. There has long been speculation that the future president was actually born in Canada and that the family moved to Fairfield later. If true, this would have meant that he was constitutionally ineligible to serve as vice president or president. Given a lack of official documentation and the seeming confusion about the year of Arthur's birth, historians have been unable to rule this possibility out. But though some of his opponents circulated the Canada rumor during the 1880 election, they could not prove it, and no proof has emerged since.
The Democrats challenged Arthur to produce proof of his citizenship and hired a lawyer named Arthur Hinman, who travelled to Vermont and Canada to research Arthur's past. Hinman alleged Arthur was born in Dunham, Que., in an effort to discredit the vice-presidential candidate, and published his findings in a book entitled How a British Subject Became the President of the United States.
Arthur never publicly responded to the charge.
Vermont officials hold fast to the claim Arthur was born in Vermont in 1829, but have little to back it up. The state of Vermont didn't record births until 1857. Curiously, Arthur burned all his personal papers before he died in 1886.
Long before "birthers" began questioning the citizenship of President Barack Obama, similar questions were raised about the early years of Arthur, an accidental president who ascended to the job after President James Garfield was assassinated. ....
In 1998, the Ottawa (Ont.) Citizen newspaper published a story asserting Arthur was born in his grandparents' home in Dunham but "probably" appropriated the birth records of the dead brother.
"The great impostor, the ultimate spoilsman, has never been defrocked. Not bad for a Canadian, eh?" said the newspaper, which called Arthur "our man in Washington."
Chester Arthur's Presidency was predicted by James Russel Webster, a Perry resident. A detailed account of this prediction is found in a self-written memorial for Webster. An excerpt from Webster's memorial:
Chester Alan Arthur (October 5, 1829 – November 18, 1886)
Most official references list Arthur as having been born in Fairfield in Franklin County, Vermont on October 5, 1829. However, some time in the 1870s Arthur changed it to 1830 to make himself seem a year younger.
During the 1880 U.S. presidential election a New York attorney, Arthur P. Hinman, was hired to explore rumors of Arthur's foreign birth. Hinman alleged that Arthur was born in Ireland and did not come to the United States until he was fourteen years old. When that story failed to take root Hinman came forth with a new story that Arthur was born in Canada. This claim also fell on deaf ears.
President Arthur took the oath of office twice. The first time was at his Lexington Avenue residence, when it was given just past midnight on September 20. The oath was given by New York Supreme Court justice John R. Brady. The second time was two days later after he returned to Washington. This time it was given in the Capitol by Chief Justice of the United States Morrison Waite. This was to avoid any dispute over whether the oath was valid if given by a state official. (A similar situation later occurred with Calvin Coolidge.)
suspected birth place..... Dunham, Lower Canada,
Originally posted by chiron613
Not very similar after all.
But keep trying.
A. P. Hinman was a lawyer hired by the Democratic party to investigate Republican vice-presidential candidate, Chester A. Arthur. Hinman traveled to Vermont (the accepted place of Arthur's birth) and to Canada. The instant work is a collection of correspondence and affidavits collected by Hinman in support of his theory that Arthur was born in Canada, and ineligible for presidential office
Originally posted by Ulala
Keep trying to flog a dead horse.
Originally posted by Ulala
But your motives are entirely transparent.
drawing a direct parallel between Chester Arthur's dubious nationality and the unsubstantiated claims made against President Obama.
But at least drop the little orphan Annie routine, it's getting tiresome.