The Des Moines Register – A brief ceremony on Friday completed the naturalization process for approximately 65 immigrants who had met the requirements to become U.S. citizens. Naturalization ceremonies typically are held monthly in the ceremonial courtroom at the federal courthouse. U.S. District Court Judge Robert W. Pratt (you may view his speech here ) chose to have Friday’s service at the historic Jordan House in West Des Moines. The home was built in 1850 by cattleman James C. Jordan, an influential business and civic leader and staunch abolitionist. It served as a stop on the secret Underground Railroad and hid fugitive slaves during the antebellum period, according to the West Des Moines Historical Society, which owns the property.
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(Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Register)