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


Henry Ford

by follers on October 5, 2016

Date of Birth: July 30, 1863

Place of Birth: Greenfield Township, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Death: April 7, 1947

Place of Death: Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.

*Irish (father)
*Belgian (mother)

Henry Ford was an American industrialist. He founded the Ford Motor Company. He also sponsored the development of the assembly line technique for mass production.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1916.

Henry was the son of Mary (Litogot) and William Ford, a businessperson.

Henry’s father was born in Ballinascarthy, County Cork, Ireland. His father moved to the U.S. in 1846. The “Ford” surname was said to have originated in Somerset, England. Henry’s father was of Protestant religion, and Henry himself was an Episcopalian.

Henry’s mother was born in Michigan, to Belgian parents. She was raised by foster parents, Margaret (Stevenson/Stevens) and Patrick O’Hearn/Ahern, who were Irish immigrants, with Patrick being from County Cork.

Henry was married to Clara Jane Bryant, with whom he had a son.

Henry’s paternal grandfather was Jonathan “John” Ford (the son of William Ford and Rebecca Jennings). William was the son of Isaac Ford.

Henry’s paternal grandmother was Thomasine “Tamsen” Smith.

Henry’s maternal grandfather was William Litogot.

Sources: Genealogies of Henry Ford – https://www.geni.com

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Warren G. Harding

by follers on September 29, 2013

Birth Name: Warren Gamaliel Harding

Date of Birth: November 2, 1865

Place of Birth: Blooming Grove, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Death: August 2, 1923

Place of Death: San Francisco, California

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish, distant Dutch and Welsh

Warren G. Harding was an American politician. A Republican, he served as the 23rd President of the United States, from March 4, 1921 to August 2, 1923. He was elected to the position in 1920. He served as president until his death. He was previously a Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, from January 11, 1904 to January 8, 1906, and a U.S. Senator from Ohio, from March 4, 1915 to January 13, 1921.

President Harding was the son of Phoebe Elizabeth (Dickerson) and George Tryon/Tyron Harding. He was married to Florence Mabel (Kling). He had a daughter with his mistress, Nan Britton.

Warren G. Harding has been rumored to have African-American ancestry to some degree, dating back to his election campaigns. However, no documented African-American ancestry has ever been produced in President Harding’s detailed family tree. President Harding’s only documented post-1600 roots are English, with a smaller amount of Scottish, and more distant Dutch and Welsh. A DNA test taken around 2015 on a few of President Harding’s relatives indicated “no detectable genetic signatures of sub-Saharan African heritage in any of the three cousins”.

President Harding’s paternal grandfather was Charles Alexander Harding (the son of George Tryon/Tyron Harding and Elizabeth Madison). George was the son of Amos Harding and Phoebe Tripp. Elizabeth was the daughter of William Madison and Mary Hooper.

President Harding’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ann Crawford (the daughter of Joshua Crawford and Sophia Stevens). Joshua was the son of John Crawford and Lydia Stapleton, who was born in Midlothian, Scotland. Sophia was the daughter of Benjamin Stevens and Sarah Ann Milligan.

President Harding’s maternal grandfather was Isaac Haines Dickerson (the son of Joseph Dickerson and Abigail Hinds). Joseph was the son of Joshua Dickerson and Abigail. President Harding’s great-grandmother Abigail Hinds was the daughter of Benjamin Hinds and Mary Breese.

President Harding’s maternal grandmother was Charity Malvina van Kirk (the daughter of William van Kirk and Deborah Watters). William was the son of Henry Van Kirk and Sarah Johnson. Deborah was the daughter of Thomas Watters and Priscilla Wadden.

Sources: Genealogies of President Harding – http://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.

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


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 “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). 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). 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 William 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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