This is Herman Arndt's declaration to become a U.S. citizen, renouncing his allegiance to the Empire of Germany.
Before 1891, immigration was managed primarily at the state level. The first step of naturalization for immigrants was to file a declaration of intent. In Arkansas, this was done at the county seat for many years.
State of Arkansas
County of Lawrence
I Herman Arndt
do solemnly swear that it is my
bona[sic] fide intention to become a citizen
of the United States of America, and to
renounce forever all allegiance and
fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate
, state of sovereignty whatever, particularly
of Empire of Germany, of which I
am now a subject, having been
born in the province of - - -
Prussia, in the Kingdom of Prussia
Sworn to and subscribed before me a
clerk of the Circuit Court of Lawrence
County Arkansas as witness my
hand and the seal of said
Couty this the 12th day of
James P. Coffin
Document, 8.5" x 14"
Naturalization; Documents; Law; Immigrants
Lawrence County (Ark.)
Lawrence County (Ark.) naturalization records, MSNE.0016
Arkansas State Archives
Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives
Herman Arndt Naturalization, Lawrence County (Ark.) naturalization records, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.
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