Titles of Nobility Amendment



Passed by Congress in 1810, the amendment came within two states of being approved between 1812 and 1816.  The text of the amendment:


If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain, any title of nobility or honour, or shall, without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.

The amendment may have been aimed at a four year old.  Jerome Napoleon “Bo” Bonaparte was born on July 5, 1805, the product of a marriage between Jerome Bonaparte, a brother of Napoleon and Elizabeth Patterson.  Napoleon had been outraged by this marriage entered into without his consent and forced Jerome to agree to an annulment.  Go here to read more about this short union.  “Bo” lived in the United States with his wealthy mother.  He became a farmer, and eventually chairman of the Maryland Agricultural Society.  He married and had two sons, he and his wife thus becoming the founders of the American branch of the Bonaparte family.  His son Charles would serve as Secretary of the Navy and Attorney General in the administration of Theodore Roosevelt.  In 1908, as Attorney General, he founded the FBI.

I think the amendment is a good idea to limit foreign influence in the United States.  It needs 26 more states to be ratified.

Published in: on July 26, 2016 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Titles of Nobility Amendment  
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