Hillary Clinton Got Her Grandparents' Immigration Story Wrong
Turns out, the majority of them were born in the United States
No one said running for president was going to be easy.
“All my grandparents, you know, came over here and you know my grandfather went to work in lace mill in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and worked there until he retired at 65,” she said.
But, as Buzzfeed first noted, that story conflicts with census records, which state that Clinton’s paternal grandmother, Hanna Jones Rodham, was born in Pennsylvania in 1882.
What’s more is that Clinton’s maternal grandmother, Della Howell (née Murray), was born in Illinois in 1902, according to records. She married Edwin Howell, also born in Illinois.
But a Clinton campaign spokesperson says it was an honest mistake. “Her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants,” the spokesperson tells PEOPLE.
“As has been correctly pointed out, while her grandfather was an immigrant, it appears that Hillary’s grandmother was born shortly after her parents and siblings arrived in the U.S. in the early 1880s.”
• Reporting by SANDRA SOBIERAJ WESTFALL