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Day 12: Posthumous US Citizenship Granted to Dead People

The Art of Getting American Citizenship After You’re Dead
Only seven people ever have.
Jim Festante, Slate (July 12, 2014)

Chalk this one up to Only in America:

Florida Republicans want to show they’re serious about immigration reform by giving honorary citizenship to a Spanish-speaking patriot … who’s been dead for some 200 years.

I’m not exactly sure how the logic works here but it is interesting to learn that Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, and the Marquis de Lafayette are some of the other dead people awarded posthumous US citizenship.


The whole situation reminded me of a 2009 Death Ref post on posthumous marriages in France.

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