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


William Lemke

by follers on August 15, 2017

Birth Name: William Frederick Lemke

Date of Birth: August 13, 1878

Place of Birth: Albany, Minnesota, U.S.

Date of Death: May 30, 1950

Place of Death: Fargo, North Dakota, U.S.

Ethnicity: German

William Lemke was an American politician. As a Republican, he was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Dakota, from March 4, 1933 to January 3, 1941, and again from January 3, 1943 to May 30, 1950.

He was the Union Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1936. The Union Party existed between 1935 and 1936.

William was the son of Julia Anna (Kleir) and Frederick William Lemke. His father was born in Zachodniopomorskie, Poland, to ethnic German parents, and moved to the U.S. in 1851. His mother was born in Wisconsin, to parents from Landkreis, Bavaria, Germany.

He was married to Isabelle McIntyre, with whom he had three children.

William’s paternal grandparents were Carl/Charles Lemke (the son of Ludwig Lemke and Wilhelmine) and Friederieke/Friedericka Pesch.

William’s maternal grandparents were Antonius Adam “Anton” Klier and Theresa Hotter.

Source: Genealogy of William Lemke – https://www.findagrave.com


Alf Landon

by follers on October 19, 2016

Birth Name: Alfred Mossman Landon

Date of Birth: September 9, 1887

Place of Birth: West Middlesex, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States

Date of Death: October 12, 1987

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

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

Alf Landon was an American politician. A Republican, he served as the 26th Governor of Kansas, from January 9, 1933 to January 11, 1937.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1936.

Alf was the son of Anne (Mossman) and John Manuel Landon. He was married to Margaret Fleming, until her death. The couple had a daughter. He was then married to Theo Cobb, with whom he had two children, including Nancy Kassebaum (born Nancy Landon), who served as a U.S. Senator from Kansas, from 1978 to 1997. Nancy was married to U.S. Senator and Senate Minority, and Majority, Leader Howard Baker.

Alf’s paternal grandfather was Emmanuel/Manuel Landon (the son of Thomas Landon and Luama “Luamy” Jones). Emmanuel was born in New York. Thomas was the son of Thomas Landon and Nancy Hopkins.

Alf’s paternal grandmother was Mary D. Fetterman (the daughter of James Fetterman). Mary D. was born in Pennsylvania.

Alf’s maternal grandfather was The Rev. William Herdman Mossman (the son of Robert Gillis Mossman and Margaret “Peggy” Christy). The Rev. William was born in Pennsylvania. Robert was the son of William Herdman Mossman, who was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and of Sarah Gillis. Margaret was the daughter of Andrew J. Christy and Susan Sarah Williamson.

Alf’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Ellen Dumars (the daughter of Thomas Stewart Dumars and Hannah A. Limber). Sarah was born in Pennsylvania. Thomas was the son of Timothy R. Dumars and Sarah Stewart. Hannah was the daughter of Thomas Limber and Sarah Huston.

Sources: Genealogy of Alf Landon – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Alf Landon (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com


Earl Warren

by follers on October 15, 2016

Date of Birth: March 19, 1891

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Date of Death: July 9, 1974

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

*Norwegian (father)
*Swedish (mother)

Earl Warren was an American jurist and politician. A Republican, he served as District Attorney of Alameda County, from 1925 to 1939, Chairman of the California Republican Party, from 1932 to 1934, the 20th Attorney General of California, from January 3, 1939 to January 4, 1943, the 30th Governor of California, from January 4, 1943 to October 5, 1953, and the 14th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from October 5, 1953 to June 23, 1969.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1948. He was also a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1936, 1944, 1948, and 1952.

Justice Warren was the son of Emma Cristina (Hernlund) and Erik Mathias Halvorsen Warren. His father was born in Skåre, Torvastad, Rogaland, Norway. His mother was born in Västernorrlands, Sweden.

He was married to Swedish-born Nina Elisabeth Palmquist Meyers, with whom he had six children.

Justice Warren’s paternal grandfather was Halvor Halvorsson Vaare Vårå/Warren (the son of Halvor Olsson Vårå and Helga Olsdotter Straum). Justice Warren’s grandfather Halvor was born in Skjold, Rogaland, Norway. Helga was born in Vikedal, the daughter of Ola Helgesson Liabø and Borgilla Olsdotter Skipavåg.

Justice Warren’s paternal grandmother was Inger Knudsdatter Næs (the daughter of Knut Knutsson Nes and Brita Gudmundsdotter Vatland). Knut was born in Tysvær, Rogaland, the son of Knut Kristoffersson Nes and Torborg Johannesdotter Tosvoll. Brita was born in Tysvær, Rogaland, the daughter of Gudmund Gudmundsson Vatland and Marta Jakobsdotter Mortveit.

Justice Warren’s maternal grandfather was Eric Hernlund (the son of Pehr Hernlund and Anna Lisa Sundberg). Eric was born in Västerbottens. Pehr was the son of Olof Hornsten and Christina Pehrsdotter. Anna was born in Nordmaling.

Justice Warren’s maternal grandmother was named Anna Lisa Norberg. Anna was born in Hassela.

Source: Genealogy of Earl Warren – https://www.geni.com


Arthur H. Vandenberg

by follers on October 11, 2016

Birth Name: Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg

Date of Birth: March 22, 1884

Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Death: April 18, 1951

Place of Death: Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.

Ethnicity: Dutch, English

Arthur H. Vandenberg was an American politician. A Republican, he served as a U.S. Senator from Michigan, from March 31, 1928 to April 18, 1951, the Republican Senate Conference Chairman, from January 3, 1945 to January 3, 1947, and President pro tempore of the United States Senate, from January 3, 1947 to January 3, 1949. He participated in the creation of the United Nations.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1936, 1940, and 1948.

Arthur was the son of Alpha Lydia (Hendrick) and Aaron Isaac Vandenberg.

He was married to Elizabeth Watson, until her death. The couple had three children. He later married Hazel Harper Whitaker.

Arthur’s paternal grandfather was named Peter Vandenberg. Peter was Dutch.

Arthur’s paternal grandmother was named Rebecca van Schaack. Rebecca was born in New York.

Arthur’s maternal grandfather was named Aaron Taft Hendrick. Aaron was born in Ohio.

Arthur’s maternal grandmother was Mary Mills Bruen (the daughter of Josephus Bruen and Lydia Roberts). Mary Mills was born in New Jersey. Josephus was the son of Timothy Bruen and Lydia Crane.

Sources: Genealogy of Arthur H. Vandenberg – https://www.geni.com

Arthur H. Vandenberg on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org