Pat Paulsen

Birth Name: Patrick Layton Paulsen

Date of Birth: July 6, 1927

Place of Birth: South Bend, Washington, U.S.

Date of Death: April 24, 1997

Place of Death: Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

*Norwegian (father)
*English, distant Welsh, Dutch, and Irish (mother)

Pat Paulsen was an American comedian and satirist.

He was a (somewhat comedic) candidate for President of the United States in 1968, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1992, and 1996.

Pat was the son of Beulah Inez (Fadden) and Norman Inge Paulsen. His father was a Norwegian immigrant. His mother was born in Washington, of English, and distant Welsh, Dutch, and Irish, descent.

He was married to Noma Littell Henriques, until his death. He had three children with his first wife, Betty Jane Cox.

Pat’s paternal grandfather was Carl Paulsen (the son of Johan/Johon Paulsen).

Pat’s paternal grandmother was named Teresa Caroline Marcusen.

Pat’s maternal grandfather was Walter Monroe/Munroe Fadden (the son of Aaron Thurber Fadden and Marcena/Marcina Lovina/Laura/Emma Reynolds). Walter was born in Minnesota. Aaron was the son of Joseph C. Fadden, who was Canadian, and of Laura C. Dager/Dugual/Dugaulette. Marcena was the daughter of Lyman Sidney Reynolds and Almira J. Colby.

Pat’s maternal grandmother was Ellen Charlotte “Lottie” Gwilt (the daughter of James Gwilt and Elizabeth Howells). Ellen was born in England, and may have been of partial Welsh ancestry, as well. James was born in Shropshire, the son of Thomas Gwilt and Ann/Anne Yeats/Yeates/Yates. Elizabeth was also born in Shropshire, the daughter of George Howells and Jemima Bennett.

Sources: Genealogy of Pat Paulsen –

Genealogy of Pat’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Pat’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Pat’s maternal grandfather, Walter Monroe Fadden (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

6 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    About his maternal grandfather, an immigrant to Canada with a Gaelic surname like “Fadden” seems to be Scottish (or Irish, Reynolds can be Irish too), and Dugual/Duguaelette sounds French. As a whole I don’t think her mother had much English ancestry.

  2. andrew says:

    His maternal grandmother was likely Welsh, “Gwilt”, “Howells” are Welsh names and Shropshire County is bordered by Wales

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