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Arthur Hinman, How a British Subject Became President of the United States

Arthur Hinman, How a British Subject Became President of the United States

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Subject
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President
of
lhe United
Stales.
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Entered
according
to
Act
of
Congress
in the
ye
ar
1
88
4,
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A.
P. I
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in
the
Otiice
ofthe
l.
ihrarian
of Congress,
atWa
s
hington, D.
C.
r--
To
theCz'tizells
of
the Unz'ted
States:
The
Constitution
of
the United States
req
uires
that
both the
Presidentand
the
Vice-Presidentshouldbe native
born.
Article
II.
reads:
"No
person
except
a
natural born
citizen
,\-
~ { -
*
shallbeeligible
to the
office
of
President;"
and
Article
XII.
of
the Amendments reads:
"But
no person
constitutionally
ineligible
to
the
office
of
President
shallbeeligible
to
thatof
Vice-Presidentof
the
·U
nited
States."
It
is a
matter
of much interest
to
know
whetherourpresent
President
was eligible
to
the
Vice-Presidency.
Chester A.
Arthur,
when
nominated
as
a
candidate
for
the
Vice-Presidency
was,
at
first,
unableto name
his
birthplace.
The
party
managers
insis
ted
that
he
s
hould name
a
spot
before
he wrote
his
letter
of
accept
ance.
At
that
timehe
gave
outtothe
press
ofthecountry
that
he
was
goingon
afishing
excursion
~\tb
~is
ffiend, Mr.
Robert
.
~
.
16f
'~~~I
 
G.
Dun,
of
the
Mercantile
Agency,
in
ord~r
that
he
might
have
time to prepare
~lS
acceptance.
In
point
of
fact,
he
started
wIth
Mr.
Dun
for
Montreal,in
the
Province
0
f
Quebec,
Canada,
andmade
a se.arch
o~
the
records
there
to
see
if
anythmg
eXIstedshowinO"
that
he
was
born
in
Canada
.
Not
finding
anythere,it
occurred
to
him
that
he
would be
safe
in
naming
some out-of-theway place
in
th
e
United Stat
es,
and
conse
quently
he
chose
a
placewhere
a
.deceased
brother
was
born, and
thus
made
It
appear
that
he
was
native born.
Therefore,
it
will
be
still
more interestingand entertaining to trace
the
genealogy
of
the
man
wh
o
did
not
want
to
recall
it
for
himself.
A
citizen ofNew
York State
has
ascer-
tained
all
of
the
facts
and here
relates
them:
Almost
a
century
ago
there
lived
in
Ballymena,
County
Antrim,
Ireland,
a
Scotchman named
Gavin
MacArthur.
He
had
a
wif
e
and
s
everalchildren, and
hademiarated
from
Scotland,
onaccount of
a
family
dif-ficulty,
arising
from.
his
~avin~
embraced
the Protestant
religIOn whIle
hIS
.
.I..
...~'OI'
••••
••
friends
and
relatives were of
the
Roman
Catholic
faith.
Shortly
after
his
arrival
in
Ireland
his
religious
zeal caus
ed him
to
change
his
family
name
from
MacArthurto
Arthur.
It
is
understood
that
he
madethis changeto
distinguish
his
branch
of
the
family from
thatofthe
Roman
Catholic
branch.
Inthe year
1796, a
son
was
born
tothis
Gavin
Arthur,
and
hewas
named
William
Arthur,
in
honor
of William of
Oran
cre
b .
This boy
was
educated
at
wh
at was
then
known
as
the
Blue School,
in Belfast.
He
simply
acquir
ed a
common
scho
ol
education.
On
leaving
school,
in
the
ye
ar
18
I
8,
heemigrated
in a
sailing
vess
el
from
Derry,Ireland,to
Three
Rivers,
in
Canada.
It
mayhere be remarkedthat,
likea
great
many
of
the young
men
of
his age,
he
was
very fond of
the
three great
evils
of
this
life,
viz:
R.
W.
T.
"
Billy" Arthur,
as
he
was
familiarly called
by
hisassociates
in
Canada,cam
e
direct
from
Three
Rivers
to
a
place
called
Upp
er Mills,
now
known
as
Stan
bridge, Canada, looking
for
employment
as a
teacher.
He
offered
to

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