In 1967, an essay entitled “Natural Born Citizen,” by the Hon. Pinckney G. McElwee of the Bar of the District of Columbia, was entered into the Congressional Record by Mr. Dowdy. This is an extensive and scholarly treatment of the history and the cases related to the term “natural born citizen”. It was written in the context of a possible candidacy of Governor George Romney (born in Mexico) for president.
The material may be well-known to readers here, but I found some things I did not know. Some historical assertions in the essay are not backed by citations. This text certainly has application to the eligibility of John McCain, but it assumes throughout that those born citizens in the United States are natural born citizens.
Thanks to the reader who sent me this. Text follows:
The text from the Congressional Record of the 90th Congress, June 14, 1967, has been removed from Scibd since the publication of this article. Here is a link to a text copy on NBC’s blog: