Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Harry Houdini, the most famous "escape artist" in America, was born in Hungary. He came to the U.S. with his family at the tender age of four. When he was eight, his father became a U.S. citizen. This was in 1882 and, while I don't know the historical laws on the books at that time, I'm guessing that's when Harry also became a U.S. citizen.
I've got Harry on the brain this week after seeing the below thread from one of my Twitter favorites, the indomitable Jennifer Mendelsohn (she of #resistance genealogy). Apparently Harry lied on his WWI draft registration, attesting that he was born in the United States. Ooof. As Jennifer points out later in the thread, Harry repeated this untruth on "at least five notarized passport applications."
On his WWI draft registration, Harry Houdini both— GET VACCINATED! (((Jennifer Mendelsohn))) (@CleverTitleTK) December 14, 2021
a) lied about being native born
and b) said his middle name was "Handcuff." 😂 pic.twitter.com/C32Aki9VrO
This is DEFINITELY going to be a real-o-thetical in a future class.