The original "birther" controversy

Not surprisingly, 30 miles south in Fairfield, Vt., the locals at Chester's Bakery & Restaurant stand by their namesake as Made-in-America.

"Now the people in Quebec that we've spoken to say he was born over there," said Rocca.

"Fairfield people know he was born here," Rose Longe replied. "Read the pamphlet. We have a pamphlet right in the window."

"Well, they've got pamphlets in Canada."

"They must have lied," Longe said.

"Granted, the pamphlets are in French, so I couldn't . . ."

"Couldn't read it, right. Ours are in English. It says, 'Born in Fairfield.'"

To investigate, we traveled down Chester Arthur Road, to the Chester Arthur Historic Site (which USED to be called the "birthplace").

"Do you think there's at least a chance that he was born in Canada?" asked Rocca.

"No," said John Dumville, who is in charge of Vermont's historic sites. "Well, yes, there is a chance. But I doubt it."

"Is it possible that Chester Alan Arthur was born in Kenya?"

"No, no. Come on!" Dumville laughed.

Fairfield's town clerk, Amanda Forbes, showed us their evidence: A town record that indicates that William Arthur was elected to a school board months before Arthur's birth in 1829.

"This is sort of as good as it gets in terms of evidence?" asked Rocca.

"Yes," said Forbes. "We don't have any concrete birth certificate. I wish we did, but we don't."

The truth may be lost to time - and to the fact that Chester Arthur burned all of his papers right before he died.

"What would the average Canadian say if he or she found out that Chester Arthur was actually Canadian?" Rocca asked.

"I think they would first have to tell them who he was," laughed Darch. "And then, they might be pretty thrilled."

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