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Donald Trump’s Immigrant Grandfather Once Begged Not To Be Deported

Donald Trump’s Immigrant Grandfather Once Begged Not To Be Deported


In 1905, President Donald Trump’s grandfather, Friedrich Trump, wrote a letter to the de facto ruler of Bavaria, begging not to deport him and his family from Germany. The letter was written in German and has been translated into English and reprinted in the latest issue of Harper’s magazine.

In 1885, Fredrich moved to the United States from the village of Kallstadt (in Germany). He was started working as a barber and made a luck in the Klondike Gold Rush. In 1892, Friedrich became an American citizen.

Friedrich Trump
Source: CNN

Friedrich was issued with a deportation notice in 1905: “The American citizen and pensioner Friedrich Trump, currently residing in Kallstadt, is hereby informed that he is to depart the state of Bavaria, or face deportation.”

In a response to it, Fredrich requested the monarchy:

“My parents were honest, plain, pious vineyard workers. They strictly held me to everything good — to diligence and piety, to regular attendance in school and church, to absolute obedience toward the high authority.I emigrated in 1885, in my sixteenth year. In America, I carried on my business with diligence, discretion, and prudence. God’s blessing was with me, and I became rich.”

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“[When I came back from the U.S.] The town was glad to have received a capable and productive citizen. My old mother was happy to see her son, her dear daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter around her; she knows now that I will take care of her in her old age.”

“But we were confronted all at once, as if by a lightning strike from fair skies, with the news that the High Royal State Ministry had decided that we must leave our residence in the Kingdom of Bavaria. We were paralyzed with fright; our happy family life was tarnished. My wife has been overcome by anxiety, and my lovely child has become sick.”
“Why should we be deported? This is very, very, very hard for a family. What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree — not to mention the great material losses it would incur. I would like to become a Bavarian citizen again.”
He and his family were forced to abandon Germany and were moved back to the United States in July 1905 as his expulsion order was not revoked.

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