Although I was only six years old, I remember when my father became a citizen of the United States of America. I don’t remember the exact day or year, however I don’t need to anymore. I have discovered that the index to his naturalization papers have been published onto the Internet and he was naturalized on June 9th, 1947. The papers were filed under two names as he was christened as “Edward Arthur James Richardson.”
My father was named for his grandfathers, Edward Richardson and James Smith, and for his father Arthur. He was also named Edward, so he claimed, in honor of King Edward VII who came to the throne in the year of my father’s birth. When he became an American he dropped one of his three Christian names, Arthur. Even with all of those names, he was not known by any of them. To all of his friends and relatives he was always “Ted.”
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