Was Andrew Jackson a legal US citizen?

Question by Peter: Was Andrew Jackson a legal US citizen?
Both of his parents were Irish immigrants. I really don’t know if there was an official process for naturalization back then or whether people just moved to the US and started farming. Perhaps Jackson’s father swore some kind of allegiance but I can’t see it as something women would have need to do. As far as I know, Jackson had the option to move back to Ireland as a first generation Irishman and enjoy dual citizenship. I also don’t think they actually had birth certificates at all back then, much less certificates of live birth. But then Jackson was a white guy who killed “Injuns” so he was a true American.

Could it be that these birthers just want to change the law so that “naturalized” citizens can be president so they can get Arnold in as Prez??

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Answer by DAR
You should have raised it when he was alive.

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3 thoughts on “Was Andrew Jackson a legal US citizen?”

  1. The status of his parents didn’t matter. As stated in the wikipedia, Andrew Jackson was born in the United States.

    “Andrew Jackson was born to Presbyterian Scots-Irish immigrants Andrew and Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson, on March 15, 1767, approximately two years after they had emigrated from Carrickfergus, in Northern Ireland. Three weeks after his father’s death, Andrew was born in the Waxhaws area near the border between North and South Carolina.”

    According to the US Constitution, when it was adopted in 1788, Andrew Jackson was a native-born US citizen eligible for the post of President. Here’s what it says:

    “No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.”

    Since Andrew Jackson was over 35 at the time of his election in 1829, and had been a native born citizen at the time of the adoption of the Constitution who had also lived here more than 14 years, he was eligible. Whether or not he had the right to claim Irish (or British citizenship–in either case it’s very doubtful) doesn’t really matter. In point of fact he never made such a claim.

  2. You are right.

    I have read, though, that there are some documents that dispute the date of Jackson’s birth and suggest he might have been born on the ship coming over. In that case, not proven, he should not have been eligible to be president. That controversy has absolutely nothing to do with Obama, who was certainly born in the USA.

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