Some believe that John Tyler was our first "natural born Citizen" President. They believethat a President had to be born after the adoption of the Constitution in 1787 in order tobe a “natural born Citizen.” Since Tyler was born in 1790 in Virginia, they conclude thathe was the first President to be a “natural born Citizen.” I do not agree with this approachto determining who our first "natural born Citizen" President was.The citizens made the Constitution and their government. The Constitution andgovernment did not make the citizens. The citizens had the unalienable rights to life,liberty, and the pursuit of happiness granted to them by nature and their Creator and notby the Constitution or government. On July 4, 1776, our first Americans declaredindependence from Great Britain and created the new American community of free andindependent states. July 4, 1776 is therefore the critical date which established Americancitizenship. The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, the first constitution of the United States, which went into use in 1777 and which were formally ratified onMarch 1, 1781, officially recognized the nation as the "United States of America." Hence,all those who helped create the new nation became its members and therefore its citizens.These were the first "Citizens of the United States," which Article II, Section 1, Clause 5grandfathered to be eligible to be President provided they were born before the adoptionof the Constitution.Hence, anyone born after July 4, 1776 in the U.S. to parents who became "Citizens of theUnited States" as a result of the Declaration of Independence and by adhering to theAmerican Revolution was born in the country to U.S. citizen parents and therefore a"natural born Citizen." The First Congress in the Naturalization Act of 1790 evenextended the “natural born Citizen” status to persons born abroad to U.S. citizen parents.The Third Congress, through the Naturalization Act of 1795, repealed the 1790 Act anddeclared such children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents to be considered as “citizens of the United States” and not “natural born Citizens.”The first President to be born after July 4, 1776 in the U.S. to parents who became"Citizens of the United States" on July 4, 1776 was Martin Van Buren, who was born in1782 in New York. He was therefore the first President to be a "natural born Citizen."Tyler was the second President to be born under these birth circumstances which makeshim the second President to be a "natural born Citizen."Let us now examine how President James Buchanan, who had an Irish father, WoodrowWilson, who had an English mother, and Herbert Hoover, who had a Canadian mother,were “natural born Citizens.” As we have seen, President Thomas Jefferson, whosemother was born in England, and Andrew Jackson, whose parents were both born inIreland, were grandfathered to be eligible to be President. Chester Arthur, not being eithergrandfathered or a “natural born Citizen,” will be treated separately.