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      05-28-2011, 01:48 AM   #1
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Exploring natural-born Citizen

Exploring natural-born Citizen

The reason for this thread is to examine whatever evidence can be found that may help in understanding the term "natural-born Citizen".

The most well known use of these words is found in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.
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.
As this is a term not normally used in day to day conversation, it is not well understood. For whatever reason it was adopted in the Constitition. There it is, unchanged by time, amendment, or act of congress. It seems the only place it has changed is in the minds of people.

Here we undertake the task of coming to understand where the words originated, and why this qualification was one of only three for being eligible to the office of the Presidency.

Supporting documentation will be historical, from times before the the U.S. Constitition. After adoption, writings further clarified original intent. And at times, the term was redefined. To better understand where we are today, we must know where we have been.
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