How a British Subject Became President of the United States

Type of resource
Author/collaborator
Title
How a British Subject Became President of the United States
Abstract
An attempt to prove that Chester A. Arthur (1829/1830-1886), the 21st President of the United States of America, was born in Missisquoi County in the Eastern Townships. Most official references list President Arthur as having been born in Fairfield, Vermont, in 1829, but his grave inscription indicates that he was born in 1830. His parents at one time owned a farm in Dunham, Quebec, before moving to Fairfield. President Arthur's political rivals accused him of being born in Canada and thus constitutionally ineligible to hold the office of President of the United States. In 1880, the New York Times reported a curious story from St. Albans, Vermont, about a mysterious figure, an attorney and Democratic operative named A. P. Hinman. Hinman privately told local Democratic leaders that he had been hired by the Democratic National Committee to obtain evidence that Vice President-elect Chester A. Arthur was not qualified to hold the office of Vice President, but rather that Arthur was a Canadian-born alien. President Garfield was assassinated in 1881 and Arthur became the President of the United States. Hinman published this book in 1884 to prevent Arthur's re-election as President, unaware that Arthur was dying and would not seek re-election.
Place
New York, NY
Publisher
[s.n.]
Date
1884
Language
en
URL
Citation
Hinman, Arthur P. How a British Subject Became President of the United States. New York, NY: [s.n.], 1884. https://ia600501.us.archive.org/34/items/Hinman/HinmanAll.pdf.
Find in a library
Permalink