Birth Name: William Floyd Weld
Place of Birth: Smithtown, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 31, 1945
Ethnicity: English (mostly), with distant Dutch, Welsh, French, and Scottish
Bill Weld, also known as William Weld, is an American businessperson, attorney, and politician. As a Republican, he served as United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, from 1981 to 1986, and as Governor of Massachusetts, from January 3, 1991 to July 29, 1997.
He was the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States in 2016.
Bill is the son of Mary Blake (Nichols) and David Low Weld. His religion is Episcopalian. He is from a prominent family, with a large amount of ancestral lines that have been in the U.S. (usually Massachusetts and New York) since the 1600s.
Bill’s first cousin is novelist John Nichols. Bill is married to writer and novelist Leslie Marshall. He has five children with his former wife, professor Susan Roosevelt Weld, who is the great-granddaughter of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Bill is a patrilineal descendant of captain Joseph Weld (1599-1646), one of the founders of the prominent Boston Brahmin Weld family of Massachusetts. Among Joseph Weld’s other descendants are actors Tuesday Weld, Polly Draper, Nat Wolff, and Alex Wolff.
Bill’s paternal grandfather was Francis Minot Weld, Jr. (the son of Francis Minot Weld and Fanny Elizabeth Bartholomew). Bill’s grandfather Francis was born in New York. Bill’s great-grandfather Francis was the son of Thomas Swan Weld and Sarah Fitch Sumner. Fanny was the daughter of George Medad Bartholomew and Fanny Griswold Fowler.
Bill’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Low White (the daughter of William Augustus White and Harriet Hillard). Margaret was born in New York. Bill’s great-grandfather William was the son of Alexander Moss White and Elizabeth Hart Tredway/Treadway. Harriet was the daughter of John Babcock/H. Hillard and Harriet Low.
Bill’s maternal grandfather was John Treadwell Nichols (the son of John White Treadwell Nichols and Mary Blake Slocum). Bill’s grandfather John was born in Massachusetts, and was an ichthyologist and ornithologist. Bill’s great-grandfather John was the son of George Nichols and Susan Farley Treadwell. Mary Blake was the daughter of William Henry Slocum and Sarah Elizabeth Williams.
Bill’s maternal grandmother was Cornelia duBois Floyd (the daughter of John Gelston Floyd, Jr. and Julia Floyd DuBois). Cornelia was born in New Jersey. John was the son of John Gelston Floyd, a U.S. Congressman, and of Sarah Backus Kirkland. Julia was the daughter of Cornelius DuBois and Mary Ann Delafield, who was English. John Gelston Floyd’s grandfather, Bill’s great-great-great-great-grandfather William Floyd (1734-1821), also a congressman, was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.
Among Bill’s many prominent ancestors also is William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William Brewster’s other descendants are actors Jordana Brewster, Paget Brewster, Chevy Chase, Taylor Lautner, Seth MacFarlane, and Brandon Routh, soccer player Clint Dempsey, U.S. Vice Presidents Hannibal Hamlin and Nelson Rockefeller, and Governor of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller.
Bill’s paternal grandparents, Francis Minot Weld, Jr. and Margaret Low White, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Bill’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org