Way back in December of 2008, when Leo Donofrio was defending his novel invention of the two citizen parent definition of “natural born citizen,” he spun some stories about another U. S. President who had a non-citizen father, Chester A. Arthur. One of the things Donofrio did was to publish a purported photograph of the 1884 book, “How a British Subject Became President of the United States” by A. P. Hinman. Donofrio obviously hadn’t read the book, and no copy then existed on the Internet. I got the book through interlibrary loan, scanned it, and now there are copies on the Internet.
Hinman believed that President Arthur was born in Canada, and hence the ineligibility thesis in his book.
Donofrio tried to put forward the theory that the naturalization status of Arthur’s father was a deep secret that he tried to hide in every way he could. In fact, as we learned in Hinman’s book, the facts of Arthur’s birth seemed to be known all over the world. A dispatch from Russia, printed in a London newspaper used the phrase “born Irishmen like the American president.” The fact that Hinman included this newspaper story in his book, and never so much as hinted that Arthur was ineligible for this reason, proves beyond a doubt that Hinman was not a subscriber to the “two citizen parent” eligibility theory, nor was it likely that any one else in Arthur’s time thought that either.
To further the process of making this interesting proto-birther work accessible, I have produced an audio book version, available through Librivox.org and the Internet Archive.