Chester A. Arthur’s Citizenship Questioned

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Questioning the birthplace of a presidential candidate is not a new phenomenon. The ‘birther’ movement was alive in the 1800s, including during the 1880 election when Vermont’s Chester A. Arthur was the Republican Vice Presidential candidate. Some claimed he was born in Quebec or Ireland.

Author Kenneth Davis talks with VPR’s Jane Lindholm about why Arthur’s citizenship was called into question.

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