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Robert M. La Follette, Sr.

by follers on September 19, 2017

Birth Name: Robert Marion La Follette

Date of Birth: June 14, 1855

Place of Birth: Primrose, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Death: June 18, 1925

Place of Death: Washington, D.C.

Ethnicity: English, some French, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Robert M. La Follette, Sr. was an American politician, known a “Fighting Bob”. As a member of the Republican Party, he was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin, from March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1891, Governor of Wisconsin, from January 7, 1901 to January 1, 1906, and a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, from January 4, 1906 to June 18, 1925, his death.

He was the Progressive Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1924, winning one state, Wisconsin. He founded the party. He was also, to one degree or another, a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1908, 1912, 1916, 1920, and 1924.

Robert was the son of Mary Buchanan (Ferguson) and Josiah La Follette.

He was married to women’s suffrage, peace, and Civil Rights activist Belle Case La Follette. They had four children, including Fola La Follette, a suffrage and labor activist, Robert M. La Follette, Jr., who was a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, from 1925 to 1947, and Philip La Follette, who was Governor of Wisconsin, from 1931 to 1933, and again from 1935 to 1939.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Jesse LaFollette (the son of Joseph Jacob La Follette and Phoebe Goble). Joseph was born in Anjou, Isere, Rhone-Alpes, France, the son of Jean Du Follette/La Follette and Marie Nemo. Phoebe was the daughter of Judge Robert Goble and Mary C. Malatiah.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Mary Polly Lee (the daughter of Charles Lee and Abigail Crafford). Charles was the son of Richard Lee and Mary Rose.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was John Ferguson (the son of John Ferguson and Phoebe Hill Barrow). Robert’s great-grandfather John was the son of William Ferguson and Elizabeth “Betty” LeMaster. Phoebe was the daughter of William W. Barrow and Amy Lee.

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Mary Green.

Source: Genealogy of Robert M. La Follette, Sr. – https://www.geni.com

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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.

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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 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

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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.

Ethnicity:
*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.

He was married to Edith (Bolling), and, previously, until her death, to Ellen Louise (Axson), with whom he had three children.

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

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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.

He was married to Helen Louise (Herron), with whom he had three children.

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
http://famouskin.com
https://www.findagrave.com

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