It was asserted this past May on this site by commenter Retired Intelligence Officer that the 1930 US Census showed that Spiro Agnew’s father, Theodore Agnew, was a citizen who naturalized in 1903.
Theodore Agnew was naturalized in 1903 as a American citizen long before Spiro was born in 1918. See 1930 census, Line 65. Son Spiro was a NBC.
In support of that assertion, a link was provided to a page from the 1930 census, a page listing Agnew, father and son, and clearly showing the 1903 date. There are other postings that indicate from the 1920 census that the father was an alien. I didn’t check out the details at the time and left with the impression that there was contradictory information between the two census reports.
I forgot rule number one: never trust a birther.
While the 1930 Census image from Retired Intelligence Officer does clearly show the 1903 year under “Citizenship” on the form, the image resolution is too low to actually read the titles under that category. Looking at a higher resolution image, we see that the 1903 date is not the date of naturalization, but the “Year of Immigration to the United States.”
The results for Agnew’s father are:
showing that he was a naturalized citizen (code “Na”) citizen as of 1930. However, the 1920 Census says that he was an alien (code “Al”).
So Agnew’s father naturalized between 1920 and 1930, which is after the VP was born; that is, Vice President Agnew did not have a father who was a US Citizen when the VP was born. Was the Vice President a natural born citizen? Of course he was.
But there is a 1910 Census record from New York for one Theodore S Anagnost [a shortened version of the elder Agnew’s Greek name] that shows him as naturalized. This time there’s no little Spiro to make sure we have the right census record. [sigh]
Other commenters on this site caught the mistake at the time, but somehow it didn’t register. In any case, it bears repeating that according to the US Constitution, the eligibility requirements for Vice President are the same as for the President. So if Agnew was eligible to be VP with a Greek father, then Obama is certainly eligible with a British father.