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.


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’s paternal grandfather was John C. Bryan (the son of John Bryan and Jane Harrison). 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). 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). Israel was the son of Charity Freeman. Mary was the daughter of Josephus Burton Waters and Margaret Lansdale.

William’s maternal grandmother was Maria Woods Davidson.

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


Woodrow Wilson

by bearboy on August 23, 2013

Birth Name: Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Date of Birth: December 28, 1856

Place of Birth: Staunton, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Death: February 3, 1924

Place of Death: Washington, D.C.

*Scots-Irish/Northern Irish (father)
*Scottish (mother)

Woodrow Wilson was an American politician and academic. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 28th President of the United States, from March 4, 1913 to March 4, 1921. He was elected to the position in 1912 and 1916. He was previously President of Princeton University, from 1902 to 1910, and Governor of New Jersey, from January 17, 1911 to March 1, 1913.

President Wilson’s father, Joseph Ruggles Wilson, was a Presbyterian theologician, who was born in Ohio, to Scots-Irish, Protestant, immigrants from Strabane, County Tyrone, Ireland. President Wilson’s mother was born Jessie Janet Woodrow, in Carlisle, Cumbria, England, to Scottish parents, her father from Paisley, Renfrewshire, and her mother from Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

All eight of President Wilson’s great-grandparents were born outside of the United States, a rarity among American Presidents.

President Wilson’s paternal grandfather was James Wilson (the son of James Wilson and Agnes Henderson). President Wilson’s great-grandfather James was the son of John Wilson and Nancy Breckenridge. Agnes was the daughter of John Henderson and Sarah Park.

President Wilson’s paternal grandmother was Mary Anne Adams (the daughter of David Adams and Mary Park).

President Wilson’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. Thomas Woodrow (the son of John Woodrow and Janet Morton). The Rev. Thomas was a Presbyterian minister. John was the son of John Woodrow and Janet Slater.

President Wilson’s maternal grandmother was Marion Williamson (the daughter of Robert Williamson and Marian Wright).

Source: Genealogy of President Wilson – http://www.geni.com

Photo By Pach Brothers, New York [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


William Howard Taft

by follers on July 5, 2013

Date of Birth: September 15, 1857

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

Date of Death: March 8, 1930

Place of Death: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Ethnicity: English

William Howard Taft was an American politician and jurist. A Republican, he was the 27th President of the United States, from March 4, 1909 to March 4, 1913. He was elected to the position in 1908. He was also the 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from July 11, 1921 to February 3, 1930. He is the only person to hold both offices, President and Chief Justice.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for re-election President of the United States in 1912.

President Taft was also the 6th Solicitor General of the United States, from February 1890 to March 1892, the Governor-General of the Philippines, from July 4, 1901 to December 23, 1903, the 42nd United States Secretary of War, from February 1, 1904 to June 30, 1908, and the 1st Provisional Governor of Cuba, from September 29, 1906 to October 13, 1906.

President Taft was the son of Louisa Maria “Louise” (Torrey) and Alphonso Taft, a jurist and diplomat, who was the 34th United States Attorney General, from May 22, 1876 to March 4, 1877, and the 31st United States Secretary of War, from March 8, 1876 to May 22, 1876. President Taft was married to Helen Louise “Nellie” (Herron) Taft. Their children were Robert A. Taft, a politician and statesman, Helen Taft Manning, a history professor and college dean, and Charles Phelps Taft II, a politician. Robert was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1940, 1944, 1948, and 1952.

As far as is currently known, President Taft was of entirely Colonial American (English) ancestry. Just about every line of his family has been in the U.S. since the 1600s.

President Taft’s paternal grandfather was Peter Rawson Taft (the son of Aaron Taft and Rhoda Rawson). Aaron was the son of Peter Taft and Elizabeth Cheney. Rhoda was the daughter of Abner Rawson and Mary Allen.

President Taft’s paternal grandmother was Sylvia Howard (the daughter of Levi Howard/Hayward and Bethia/Berthiah Chapin). Levi was the son of Benjamin Howard/Hayward and Mary Wheaton. Bethia was the daughter of John Chapin and Rhoda Albee.

President Taft’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Davenport Torrey (the son of William Torrey and Anna Davenport). William was the son of Joseph Torrey and Deborah Holbrook. Anna was the daughter of Seth Davenport and Chloe Daniel/Daniels.

President Taft’s maternal grandmother was Susan Holman Waters (the daughter of Asa Waters and Susan Trask Holman). Asa was the son of Asa Waters and Sarah Goodale. President Taft’s great-grandmother Susan was the daughter of Jonathan Holman and Susanna Trask.

Sources: Genealogies of President Taft – https://www.geni.com

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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, 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 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.

President Roosevelt’s paternal grandfather was Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt (the son of James Jacobus Roosevelt and Maria Van Schaack). James was the son of Jacobus Roosevelt and Annetje/Annatje Bogert. Maria 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). 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 great-grandfather James was the son of Archibald Stobo Bulloch and Mary “Polly” De Veaux. Anne was the daughter of John Irvine and Ann/Anne Elizabeth Baillie.

President Roosevelt’s maternal grandmother was Martha Stewart (the daughter of Daniel Stewart and Susannah Oswald). 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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