Birth Name: Gary Earl Johnson
Place of Birth: Minot, North Dakota
Date of Birth: January 1, 1953
*publicly unknown (father)
Gary Johnson is an American businessperson and politician. As a Republican, Gary served as Governor of New Mexico, from January 1, 1995 to January 1, 2003.
Gary’s father, Earl W. Johnson, was adopted by Olivia Johanna (Mickelson/Johannsen), who was born in Norway, and Ole W. Johnson, who was born in Denmark. Gary’s mother, Lorraine (Bostow), was the daughter of Ukrainian immigrant parents. She is sometimes described on the internet as being of Russian descent, but it appears that her family were ethnic Ukrainians who lived in the Russian Empire.
Gary’s maternal grandparents were William G. Bostow (the son of George Boshtow/Bostow and Matilda Kooreny/Crenny) and Vera Korneychuk (the daughter of Grigory Maximovich Korneychuk and Feodosiaya Stephanovna). Gary’s maternal grandparents were both born in Ukraine and/or the Russian Empire. George was the son of Feodor/Theodor Dorofeevich Bostowai/Boshtow and Angelina Gregoryeva. Matilda was the daughter of Cornelius Kooreny. Grigory was born near Kiev.
Gary is one of several people of significant Slavic ancestry to have run plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major political party’s nomination for President of the United States. Of these candidates, four have won a major party’s caucus and/or primary. The four are:
*Harold Stassen (Republican; in 1944, he won 1 state, Nebraska; in 1948, he won 4 states; in 1952, he won 1 state, Minnesota; Stassen also sought the 1964, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992 Republican nominations; Stassen’s paternal grandmother was Czech)
*Edmund Muskie (1972; Democratic; won 4 states; Muskie was previously the 1968 Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States; Muskie was of Polish descent)
*Tom Harkin (1992; Democratic; won 1 state, Iowa; Harkin’s mother was of Slovene descent)
*John Kasich (Republican; ran in 2000 and 2016: in 2016, he won 1 state, Ohio; Kasich is of Czech or Rusyn, and Croatian descent)
Other people of significant Slavic ancestry who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States are:
*George H. Bender (who sought the 1960 Republican nomination; Bender was of Czech descent)
*James Traficant (who sought the 1988 Democratic nomination; Traficant’s mother of Slovak descent)
*Dennis Kucinich (who sought the 2004 and 2008 Democratic nominations; Kucinich’s father was of Croatian descent)
*Tim Pawlenty (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination; Pawlenty’s father was of Polish descent)
Sources: Genealogy of Gary Johnson (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Gary’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Family history of Gary’s maternal grandfather, William G. Bostow – http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com