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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 2, 1902

Austria-Hungary,   pp. 25-72 PDF (3.7 MB)

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lives there, and who have undertaken to secure employment for the youngest
son, Theodor, on the completion of his studies at the university. I have
stated to Mr. A. M. Alexander that, subject to the approval of the Department,
I will issue a passport to the son. For the further information of the Department
and in support of the above I have the honor to inclose herewith a statement
of Mr. A. M. Alexander over his signature. 
I have the honor, etc., ROBERT S. MCCORMICK. 
Statement of A. MI Alexander ' with reference to his son's applwat'ton for
a passport. 
 With reference to m~r long residence in Europe, beginning with the year
1872, 1 have to make the following statement: I was junior partner in the
firm of Alexander Brothers, of New York, and I came over to buy goods for
that firm, going to Dresden, where I remained for four years, visiting America
once in the meantime. In 1876 1 removed to Vienna, where I have represented
the above firm until about six years ago, when I retired from business, and
have not been in America since 1876. My son, Theodor F. Alexander, who was
born here in Vienna in 1881, is a student at the Vienna University and will
complete his studies and take his degree in June, 1904, when it is his intention,
as well as mine, that he shall go to the United States, where his brothers,
who were born in the United States and who have spent most of their lives
there, have undertaken to secure employment for him. I solemnly declare the
above statement to he true, awl make it for the purpose of assisting my son
to secure a passport. 
Mr. flay to Air. M~ Gorni~ck. 
   Washington, ifay 28, 1902. 
SIR: Your No. 82 of the 7th instant has been received. 
 It appears that Mr. A. M. Alexander, the father of the applicant for a passport,
was born in Prussia, was naturalized as a citizen of the United States, and
has lived for some years in Europe. His son, Theodor F. Alexander, was born
in Vienna in 1881, when his father was receiving the protection of a passport
as a citizen of the United States. Section 1993 of the Revised Statutes of
the United States says: 
 All children * * * born out of the limits and jurisdiction of the United
States, whose fathers were or may be at the time of their birth citizens
thereof, are declared to be ciJzens of the United States. 
 Ac~ there seems to be no doubt that A. M. Alexander was a citizen of the
U ;~1ted States when his son was born, his residence and status after that
event need not concern us, as the son would be entitled by reason of his
birth to the protection of this Government during his minority and until
he can elect another nationality. He has, apparently, elected to remain an
American citizen by applying for a passport and demonstrating that it is
bona fide his intention to come to the United States to live. There is, as
this Department explained in its circular instruction of September 26, 1899,
entitled "Passports—lntent to return to the United States," no definite
period of time beyond which the protection of a passport is to be refused
to a citizen of the United States. Upon the information submitted, therefore,
it would appear that Mr. T. F. Alexander is entitled to receive a passport.
 I am, etc., JOHN HAY. 

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