An American Citizen

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100th Anniversary
Samuel Solomon’s 1874 petition to become a naturalized American citizen.

An American Citizen

In 1874, Samuel Solomon from Germany petitioned Superior Court to become a naturalized citizen. He lived in Kent County and died in 1913. When his wife Henrietta died in 1911, she left him the house where they resided in Dover on the east side of south Governors Avenue. Becoming a naturalized citizen gave you the same rights as a person born in the United States.
These petitions were originally handled by the Court of Common Pleas and Supreme Court. In 1831, the Superior Court was formed to replace and assume duties of those two courts. In 1906, the Federal Government was charged with handling the naturalizations. The collection also includes documents related to civil cases the Superior Court handled and misdeeds of elected officers of the court. Documents generated by the prothonotary include jury records, court dockets and much more