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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

Was Zachary Taylor an anchor baby (native born) and was Wm. Henry Harris naturalized?

Both of Zachary Taylor's parents were British, and he was born between the Declaration of Independence and ratification of the Constitution, on American soil.

But Wm. Henry Harris was born to two British citizens on British colony soil before the Declaration and ratification. So just how did WHH "naturalize" to become an American citizen?

Article 2 required at least US citizenship at the time of ratification, since nobody would have been a natural born citizen by then since the Constitution was so new.

Update:

Please excuse the LSD-laced Koolaid drooler Wendy C. she doesn't know anything but that never stops her from answering anyway.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Wendy c is retarded!!

    She wrote:

    "(Pres) William Henry HARRISON b: 9 FEB 1773 in Berkeley, Charles City Co., Va. His parents were also born in Virginia.

    By your false analysis... NONE OF THE Presidents born prior to the Revolution were eligible, since each was born on "British soil".

    the answer is completely simple. Anyone born in what is now the US, but prior to the Revolution, was accepted as meeting the standards."

    First she's wrong that the analysis shows none of the presidents were eligible.

    Why? Because the grandfather clause of the Constitution allowed plain US citizens, not natural born citizens, to be president if alive at the time of the ratification of the Constitution.

    The presidents up until Zachary Taylor were not natural born citizens, because in order to be so, both parents need to be US citizens and the child born on US soil. When the Declaration of Independence was written in 1776, all persons born in the colonies became automatic citizens of the United States. So in Zachary Taylor's case, his parents became US Citizens, THEN he was born in the states, satisfying the requirement for natural born citizenship (jus soli jus sanguinis).

    William Henry Harris was just a US citizen, because he was born British on US soil and naturalized to a US citizen, but his parents were NOT US citizens before he was born, so he never was a natural born American citizen.

    This was acceptable for the early presidencies due to the grandfather clause. After ratification, only natural born citizens were eligible.

    There has been NO dual citizen presidents except for the usurper Chester Arthur and Barack Obama, neither are Constitutionally eligible.

    "…it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners. Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first." (Minor v. Happersett,

    1874)

    Minor also states that the definition of Natural Born Citizen is not contained within the Constitution, and since the 14th amendment which defined regular US citizenship had already been in the constitution for 6 years prior, and that the 14th does not contain the term "natural born citizen" means that natural born citizen is not defined by the 14th.

    The 14th defines US citizenship as

    One parent alien, born on US soil

    Two parents alien, born on US soil

    Naturalized

    By Statute

    One parent US citizen, born out-of-country

    Two parents US citizens, born out-of-country

    Since Natural Born Citizen is not defined by the 14th (as per Minor v. Happersett and Wong Kim Ark), it must be "ascertained elsewhere". The only remaining permutation is

    Both parents US Citizen, Born in-country

    Jus soli, Jus sangunis

    "The natives, or natural born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. … I say, that, in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; for, if he is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country." (Vattel, Law of Nations, Book 1, Chapter 19)

    John Bingham confirms that understanding and the construction the framers used in regards to birthright and jurisdiction while speaking on civil rights of citizens in the House on March 9, 1866:"[4] [5] [6]

    “ [I] find no fault with the introductory clause [S 61 Bill], which is simply declaratory of what is written in the Constitution, that every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a natural born citizen…. . .

  • 1 decade ago

    (Pres) William Henry HARRISON b: 9 FEB 1773 in Berkeley, Charles City Co., Va. His parents were also born in Virginia.

    By your false analysis... NONE OF THE Presidents born prior to the Revolution were eligible, since each was born on "British soil".

    the answer is completely simple. Anyone born in what is now the US, but prior to the Revolution, was accepted as meeting the standards.

    Your obsession with your "facts" is frightening.. because you are totally fixated on your personal views, and are completely oblivious to the flaws in your arguments.

    Does it ever even cross your mind that you have no expertise or authority, concerning what you claim?

    http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op...

  • 4 years ago

    Any baby born interior united statesa. is an American citizen. the youngsters of unlawful immigrants are human beings in the event that they're born in the U.S. section a million of the Fourteenth modification to the U. S. shape states that: "All persons born or naturalized interior united statesa., and project to the jurisdiction thereof, are voters of united statesa. and of the State wherein they stay."

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