Eugene V. Debs

by follers on January 21, 2017

Birth Name: Eugene Victor Debs

Date of Birth: November 5, 1855

Place of Birth: Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Death: October 20, 1926

Place of Death: Elmhurst, Illinois, U.S.

Ethnicity: Alsatian (German, possibly French)

Eugene V. Debs was an American union leader.

He was the Social Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1900, and the Socialist Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920.

Eugene was the son of Marguerite Marie (Bettrich) and Jean Daniel Debs. His parents were from Colmar, Alsace, France. It appears likely that at least his mother (and probably his father as well) were ethnic Germans.

He was married to Kate Metzel.


William Jennings Bryan

by follers on October 2, 2016

Date of Birth: March 19, 1860

Place of Birth: Salem, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Death: July 26, 1925

Place of Death: Dayton, Tennessee

Ethnicity: English, as well as small amounts (to varying degrees) of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, Swiss-German, and French

William Jennings Bryan was an American politician and orator. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska, from March 4, 1891 to March 3, 1895, and the 41st U.S. Secretary of State, from March 5, 1913 to June 9, 1915.

He was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1896. That year, he was also nominated for the Presidency by the Populist Party and the Silver Republican Party. He was also the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1900 and 1908. He was also, to one degree or another, a candidate for the Democratic Party’s 1912 and 1920 presidential nominations.

William was the son of Mariah Elizabeth (Jennings) and Silas Bryan (Silas Lillard Bryan), who was a judge and member of the Illinois Senate, from 1852 to 1860.

William was married to lawyer Mary Baird Bryan, with whom he had three children.

William’s paternal grandfather was John C. Bryan (the son of John Bryan and Jane Harrison). William’s grandfather John was born in Virginia. William’s great-grandfather John was the son of William Christopher Bryan and Mary “Polly” Boone.

William’s paternal grandmother was Nancy Lillard (the daughter of John Lillard and Rachel Garrett). Nancy was born in Virginia. John was the son of Thomas Lillard and Ann. Rachel was born in Oxford, England, the daughter of Richard Garrett.

William’s maternal grandfather was Charles Waters Jennings (the son of Israel Jennings and Mary Waters). Charles was born in Kentucky. Israel was the son of Charity Freeman. Mary was the daughter of Josephus Burton Waters and Margaret Lansdale.

William’s maternal grandmother was named Maria Woods Davidson. Maria Woods was born in Kentucky.

Source: Genealogy of William Jennings Bryan – https://www.geni.com


Theodore Roosevelt

by Gogoboots on June 9, 2013

Date of Birth: October 27, 1858

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 6, 1919

Place of Birth: Oyster Bay, New York

Ethnicity: Dutch (paternal grandfather), English, and some Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), French, German, and Welsh

Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, soldier, explorer, naturalist, author, and reformer. A Republican, he was the 26th President of the United States, having served from September 14, 1901 to March 4, 1909. He was elected to the position in 1904. He was previously the 25th Vice President of the United States, from March 4, 1901 to September 14, 1901. He was elected to the position in 1900. He took over as President upon William McKinley’s death.

He was also New York State Assembly Minority Leader, from January 1, 1883 to December 31, 1883, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, from April 19, 1897 to May 10, 1898, and the 33rd Governor of New York, from January 1, 1899 to December 31, 1900.

He was also the Bull Moose Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1912 (also known as the Progressive Party), and was the Progressive Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1916, although he refused the latter nomination.

President Roosevelt was the son of Martha “Mittie” Stewart (Bulloch) and Theodore Roosevelt. He was a fifth cousin of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Theodore’s great-great-great-grandfather, Johannes Roosevelt, was a brother of Franklin’s great-great-great-grandfather, Jacobus Roosevelt (their parents were Nicholas Roosevelt and Heyltje Jans Kunst). Theodore’s niece, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, was Franklin’s wife. He had six children, one with his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, who died shortly after giving birth, and five with his second wife, Edith Kermit (Carow) Roosevelt.

President Roosevelt’s paternal grandfather was Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt (the son of James Jacobus Roosevelt and Maria Helen Van Schaack). Cornelius was born in New York. James was the son of Jacobus Roosevelt and Annetje/Annatje Bogert. Maria Helen was the daughter of Cornelius Van Schaack and Angeltie/Angelica Yates.

President Roosevelt’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Barnhill (the daughter of Robert Barnhill and Elizabeth Potts). Margaret was born in Pennsylvania. Robert was the son of John Barnhill and Sarah Craig. Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Potts and Elizabeth Lukens.

President Roosevelt’s maternal grandfather was James Stephens Bulloch (the son of James Bulloch and Anne Irvine). President Roosevelt’s grandfather James was born in Georgia. President Roosevelt’s great-grandfather James was the son of Archibald Stobo Bulloch and Mary “Polly” De Veaux. Anne was the daughter of John William Irvine and Ann/Anne Elizabeth Baillie.

President Roosevelt’s maternal grandmother was Martha Stewart (the daughter of Daniel Stewart and Susannah Oswald). Martha was born in Georgia. Daniel was the son of John Stewart and Susanna/Susannah Quarterman. President Roosevelt’s great-grandmother Susannah Oswald was the daughter of Joseph Oswald and Anne/Ann Carter.

Sources: Genealogies of President Roosevelt – http://www.geni.com

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William McKinley

by follers on May 2, 2013

Date of Birth: January 29, 1843

Place of Birth: Niles, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Death: September 14, 1901

Place of Death: Buffalo, New York

Ethnicity: Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, German, Scottish, Dutch

William McKinley was an American politician. A Republican, he served as the 25th President of the United States, from March 4, 1897 to September 14, 1901. He was elected to the position in 1896 and 1900. He served as president until his assassination. He was previously a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio, from March 4, 1877 to May 27, 1884, and again from March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1891, and a Governor of Ohio, from January 11, 1892 to January 13, 1896.

President McKinley was the son of Nancy Campbell (Allison) and William McKinley. He was married to Ida Saxton McKinley, with whom he had two children.

President McKinley’s paternal grandfather was James Stevenson McKinley (the son of David McKinley and Sarah Gray). James was born in Pennsylvania. David was the son of John McKinley, who was born in Ireland, and of Margaret Morton. Sarah was the daughter of John Gray and Hannah Stevenson.

President McKinley’s paternal grandmother was Mary “Polly” Rose (the daughter of Andrew Rose and Hannah C. Chapman). Mary “Polly” was born in New Jersey. Andrew was the son of John Andrew Rose and Mercy. Hannah was the daughter of John Chapman.

President McKinley’s maternal grandfather was Abner Allison (the son of Gavin Allison and Mary Koontz). Abner was born in Pennsylvania. Gavin was the son of John Allison and Jeanne Brownlee, who was Scottish.

President McKinley’s maternal grandmother was Ann Campbell (the daughter of Obadiah Campbell and Abigail). Ann was born in Ohio. Obadiah was the son of Joel Campbell and Nancy Leonard.

Sources: Genealogies of President McKinley – http://www.geni.com

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