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In the June 16 column, he said the following of North Carolina: "Nice people, but no presidents." He was half right.
As a native North Carolinian who studied the state's history at least twice (fourth grade and seventh grade), I can tell you that at least one U.S. president (James K. Polk) was born in North Carolina.
Look it up! Better yet, make Tío Pablo look it up.
Furthermore, though Polk spent much of his life and political career as a resident of Tennessee, he was educated at Carolina (University of North Carolina, not that south-of-the-border Carolina).
When I say "at least" one president is
Evidence on both sides is hearsay. The South Carolina evidence is considered stronger partly because Jackson said that he was told he was born in South Carolina.
That's all well and good, but the North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution erected their birthplace monument in 1858, while the South Carolina DAR didn't get around to unveiling theirs until 1929.
I'm not saying that proves anything. I'm just saying.
I trust you will find a tactful way to correct Tío Pablo's errors without insulting his obviously superior intelligence.
Betty B. Hume