Norman Thomas

by follers on April 12, 2018

Birth Name: Norman Mattoon Thomas

Date of Birth: November 20, 1884

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

Date of Death: December 19, 1968

Place of Death: Cold Spring Harbor, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Welsh, English, distant Dutch

Norman Thomas was an American Presbyterian minister and politician. He was known as a socialist and pacifist.

He was the Socialist Party of America’s nominee for President of the United States in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, and 1948.

Norman was the son of Emma Williams (Mattoon) and The Rev. Weddington/Welling Evans Thomas, a Presbyterian minister. He was married to Frances Violet Stewart, with whom he had five children. Frances was the granddaughter of banker John Aikman Stewart. Their grandson is journalist, author, and historian Evan Thomas.

Norman’s paternal grandfather was The Rev. Thomas Thomas (the son of David Thomas and Margaret Lucas). The Rev. Thomas was born in New Jersey. David was Welsh. Margaret was the daughter of Robert Lucas and Elizabeth Scott, who was born at sea, to English parents.

Norman’s paternal grandmother was Mary Evans (the daughter of William Evans and Catharine Howell).

Norman’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. Stephen Mattoon, D.D. (the son of The Rev. Gershom Mattoon and Anna Sayre). The Rev. Stephen was born in New York. The Rev. Gershom was the son of Gershom Matoon/Mattoon and Ruth Parker. Anna was the daughter of Abner Sayre and Joanna Meeker.

Norman’s maternal grandmother was named Mary Lourie. Mary was born in New York.

Source: Genealogy of Norman Thomas – https://www.geni.com


Al Smith

by follers on September 5, 2016

Birth Name: Alfred Emanuel Smith

Date of Birth: December 30, 1873

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

Date of Death: October 4, 1944

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

*25% Italian
*25% German
*50% Irish

Al Smith was an American politician and statesman. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the 8th President of the New York City Board of Aldermen, from January 1, 1917 to December 31, 1918, and the 42nd Governor of New York, from January 1, 1919 to December 31, 1920, and again from January 1, 1923 to December 31, 1928.

He was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1928. He was also a candidate for the Democratic Party’s 1920, 1924, and 1932 presidential nominations.

Al was the son of Catherine (Mulvihill) and Alfrede Emanuele Ferraro, who changed his name to Alfred E. Smith. His father was of Italian and German descent. His mother was of Irish ancestry. Al was a prominent spokesperson for the Irish-American community.

Al was the first, and is one of three Roman Catholics nominated for President of the United States by a major American political party. John F. Kennedy, in 1960, and John Kerry, in 2004, are the others. All were/are Democrats.

He was married to Catherine Ann Dunn, with whom he had five children.

Al’s paternal grandfather was named Emanuel Ferraro. Emanuel was born in Genova, Italy.

Al’s paternal grandmother was named Magdalena/Magdaline Kolbe/Colby. Magdalena was German.

Al’s maternal grandparents were Thomas Mulvihill and Maria Marsh. Thomas and Maria were from County Westmeath, Ireland.

Al was the first person of significant Italian heritage to win a caucus, primary, and/or nominating ballot for a major American party’s Presidential nomination. The other winners of significant Italian heritage are:
*Michael DiSalle (1960; Democratic; won 1 state, Ohio)
*Rick Santorum (2012; Republican; won 11 contests; Santorum also sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Santorum is of three quarters Italian descent)
*Ted Cruz (2016; Republican, won 11 contests; Cruz’s maternal great-grandfather was Italian)

Other people of significant Italian heritage who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States are:
*John A. Volpe (who sought the 1968 Republican nomination)
*James Traficant (who sought the 1988 Democratic nomination; Traficant’s father was of Italian descent)
*Rudy Giuliani (who sought the 2008 Republican nomination)
*Tom Tancredo (who sought the 2008 Republican nomination)
*Chris Christie (who sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Christie’s mother was of Italian descent)
*George Pataki (who sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Pataki’s maternal grandfather was Italian)

Geraldine Ferraro, who was of Italian descent, was the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1984.


Charles Curtis

by follers on November 16, 2013

Date of Birth: January 25, 1860

Place of Birth: Topeka, Kansas, U.S.

Date of Death: February 8, 1936

Place of Death: Washington, D.C.

*English (father)
*French-Canadian, Potawatomi Native American, French, Kaw Native American, Osage Native American (mother)

Charles Curtis was an American politician and attorney. A member of the Republican Party, he was the 31st Vice President of the United States, having served from March 4, 1929 to March 4, 1933. He was elected to the position in 1928.

Vice President Curtis was the son of Ellen/Helen (Pappan) and Oren Arms Curtis. His father was of Colonial American (English) descent. His mother was of French-Canadian/French and Native American ancestry, including Potawatomi, Kaw, and Osage. As such, Vice President Curtis is the only person of documented Indigenous or Native American ancestry to have served as either President or Vice President of the United States, and the first person of non-European descent to serve in either position.

He was previously a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas, from March 4, 1893 to January 28, 1907, a U.S. Senator from Kansas, from January 29, 1907 to March 4, 1913, and again from March 4, 1915 to March 3, 1929, a President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, from December 4, 1911 to December 12, 1911, and Senate Majority Leader, from March 9, 1925 to March 3, 1929.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for re-election as Vice President of the United States in 1932. He was also a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1928.

Vice President Curtis was married to Annie Baird, with whom he had three children.

Vice President Curtis’ paternal grandfather was William K. Curtis (the son of Thomas Curtis and Eunice Peet). William was from a Connecticut family of Colonial American (English) descent. Thomas was the son of Nathaniel Curtis and Mary Curtiss. Eunice was the daughter of Gideon Peet and Betty Burton.

Vice President Curtis’ paternal grandmother was Permelia Hubbard (the daughter of Noah Hubbard and Cynthia Clark). Permelia was born in Massachusetts, and was from a family of Colonial American (English) descent, mostly based in that state. Noah was the son of Noah Ely Hubbard and Prudence Kellogg. Cynthia was the daughter of David Clark, Jr. and Elizabeth Kellogg.

Vice President Curtis’ maternal grandfather was Louis Pappan (the son of Louis Pappan). Vice President Curtis’ grandfather Louis born in Missouri, was of French-Canadian and Potawatomi Native American descent. Vice President Curtis’ great-grandfather Louis was born in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, the son of Pierre Papineau and Marie Josephe Lapierre.

Vice President Curtis’ maternal grandmother was Julie Gonville (the daughter of Louis Gonville and Hunt Jimmy Kaw or Roy). Julie was born in Kansas. Louis was born in France, the son of Louis Gonville and Genevieve LeRoi. Hunt’s father, Vice President Curtis’ great-great-grandfather, was Nom-pa-wa-rah, also known as Manshenscaw, Monchousia, and White Plume, who was a chief of the Kaw (Kansa, Kanza) Indians. Hunt’s mother, Vice President Curtis’ matrilineal great-great-grandmother, was a daughter of the Osage Chief Pawhuska.

Sources: Genealogies of Vice President Charles Curtis – https://www.geni.com

Vice President Curtis on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Vice President Curtis on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Vice President Curtis on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Information about Vice President Curtis’ maternal great-great-grandfather, Chief Nom-pa-wa-rah – http://www.vpcharlescurtis.net

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Herbert Hoover

by follers on November 4, 2013

Birth Name: Herbert Clark Hoover

Date of Birth: August 10, 1874

Place of Birth: West Branch, Iowa, U.S.

Place of Death: October 20, 1964

Place of Death: New York City, New York

Ethnicity: English, some German and Swiss-German

Herbert Hoover was an American politician. A Republican, he served as President of the United States from March 4, 1929 to March 4, 1933. He was elected to the position in 1928. He was previously the United States Secretary of Commerce, from March 5, 1921 to August 21, 1928.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for re-election as President of the United States in 1932. He also made overtures to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 1920, 1936, and 1940.

President Hoover was the son of Hulda Randall (Minthorn) and Jessie/Jesse Clark Hoover. His mother was born in Norwich, Ontario, Canada, to parents from Toronto. He was married to Lou Henry Hoover, with whom he had two children.

President Hoover’s paternal grandfather was Eli Hoover (the son of Jesse Hoover and Rebecca Lowe Yount). Eli was born in Ohio. Jesse was the son of John Hoover and Sarah Burkhart. Rebecca was the daughter of John Yount and Mary Ann Lowe.

President Hoover’s paternal grandmother was Mary Davis (the daughter of John Davis and Lydia Coate). Mary was born in Ohio. John was the son of Abiather/Abiathar Davis and Lydia Embree. President Hoover’s great-grandmother Lydia Coate was the daughter of Henry Coate and Mary Ann Hasket/Haskett.

President Hoover’s maternal grandfather was Theodore Minthorn (the son of John Minthorn and Lucinda Sherwood). Theodore was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. John was the son of William Minthorn and Hannah Eldridge. Lucinda was the daughter of Thomas Sherwood and Endymia Winn.

President Hoover’s maternal grandmother was Mary Wasley (the daughter of Henry Wasley and Ann Toole). Mary was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Henry was the son of Francis Wasley and Hannah Scott. Ann was the daughter of Aaron Toole and Rachel Haworth.

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

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Will Rogers

by ethnic on July 28, 2010

Birth Name: William Penn Adair Rogers

Date of Birth: November 4, 1879

Place of Birth: Oologah, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma)

Date of Death: August 15, 1935

Place of Death: Point Barrow, Alaska

Ethnicity: Cherokee Native American, English, some Scottish and Welsh

Will Rogers was an American cowboy, stage and film actor, vaudeville performer, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator.

He was a (mock) candidate for President of the United States in 1928.

Will was the son of Mary America (Schrimsher) and Clement Vann Rogers. His father was a Cherokee senator and judge in Indian Territory. At least six of Will’s great-grandparents were of part Cherokee Native American ancestry, and one was of fully European parentage. It is not clear if his remaining great-grandparent, John Edward Gunter, had any Cherokee ancestry. Will’s other ancestry was English, with some Scottish and Welsh.

He was married to Betty Blake, with whom he had four children, one of whom, Will Rogers, Jr., was a Democratic politician, who was a U.S. Congressman from New York, from 1943 to 1944.

Will was a first cousin, once removed, of actor Clu Gulager. Will’s mother and Clu’s paternal grandmother, Martha Lucretia Schrimsher, were sisters.

Will’s paternal grandfather was Robert Rogers, Jr. (the son of Robert J. Rogers, Sr. and Lucy Elizabeth Cordery). Will’s grandfather Robert was born in Georgia. Will’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of William Rogers and Mary Penn; Mary’s mother, Eughio-ote/Elizabeth Coody, was Cherokee. Lucy was the daughter of Thomas Cordery and Saniovie/Susannah Sonicooie, who was Cherokee.

Will’s paternal grandmother was Sallie Vann (the daughter of Avery Vann and Margret/Margaret McSwain). Sallie was born in Georgia. Avery was of part Cherokee descent, the son of Clement Vann and Wa-Li Vann; Avery’s brother was Chief James Vann, a Cherokee leader. Margret was the daughter of Alexander McSwain and Nancy/Nannie Fawling Downing; Nancy’s mother, Hannah/Hanna Fawling, was Cherokee.

Will’s maternal grandfather was Martin Mathew Scrimsher (the son of Jonathan Brown Schrimsher/Scrimsher and Edith Kona Edna Vann). Martin was born in Tennessee. Jonathan was the son of John Schrimsher, who was of English and Welsh parentage, and of Anna Brown, who was English. Edith’s paternal great-grandmother, Ahneewahkee Anewake (Ahna Wakie) Ailsey, was Cherokee, as was Edith’s mother, Polly Terrapin.

Will’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Hunt Gunter (the daughter of John Edward Gunter and Catherine Lowery/Paint, or Catherine Rising Fawn Bushyhead). John was the son of John Gunther and Amy Tillotson. Catherine was Cherokee, the daughter of Ghi Go Ne Li Bushyhead and Kenoteta Fox.

Sources: Genealogies of Will Rogers – http://www.geni.com