Certificate of Andrew Carnegie’s U.S. Naturalization

What better way to celebrate this past July 4th than with a close look at the naturalization certificate of Andrew Carnegie!

He was was born in Dunfermline, Scotland and came to the United States in 1848 at the age of 12. Andrew, his parents Margaret and William, and his younger brother Tom, settled in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, because Margaret Carnegie’s sister lived in the area. Thirty-seven years later, this certificate, proof of having obtained U.S. citizenship, was granted to Andrew Carnegie in New York upon his presentation of a copy of a “statement of intention to become a citizen” made by his father, William Carnegie, to the Allegheny Country Clerk in 1854.