Norman Thomas

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.

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Robert A. Taft

Birth Name: Robert Alphonso Taft

Date of Birth: September 8, 1889

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

Date of Death: July 31, 1953

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

Ethnicity: English, small amount of Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Robert A. Taft was an American politician and statesman. A Republican, he was a U.S. Senator from Ohio, from January 3, 1939 to July 31, 1953, Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman, from January 3, 1947 to January 3, 1953, and Senate Majority Leader, from January 3, 1953 to July 31, 1953.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1940, 1948, and 1952.

Robert was the son of Helen Herron Taft (born Helen Louise Herron) and William Howard Taft, who was President of the United States, from 1909 to 1913, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, from 1921 to 1930. His siblings were Helen Taft Manning, a history professor and college dean, and Charles Phelps Taft II, a politician. He was married to Martha Wheaton Bowers, with whom he had four children.

Robert’s paternal grandfather was Alphonso Taft (the son of Peter Rawson Taft and Sylvia Howard). Alphonso was born in Vermont, and was a jurist and diplomat, who was the 34th United States Attorney General, from 1876 to 1877, and the 31st United States Secretary of War, in 1876. Peter was the son of Aaron Taft and Rhoda Rawson. Sylvia was the daughter of Levi Howard/Hayward and Bethia/Berthiah Chapin.

Robert’s paternal grandmother was Louisa Maria “Louise” Torrey (the daughter of Samuel Davenport Torrey and Susan Holman Waters). Louisa was born in Massachusetts. Samuel was the son of William Torrey and Anna Davenport. Susan was the daughter of Asa Waters and Susan Trask Holman.

Robert’s maternal grandfather was John Williamson Herron (the son of Francis Herron and Jane W.). John was born in Pennsylvania. Francis was the son of William Herron and Nancy Reynolds.

Robert’s maternal grandmother was Harriet Anne Collins (the daughter of Ela Collins and Maria Clinton). Harriet was born in New York. Ela was a prominent lawyer and politician in New York, and was the son of Oliver Collins, a general, and of Lois Cowles/Cole. Maria was the daughter of The Rev. Isaac Clinton and Charity Welles.

Robert’s grandmother Harriet was a sister of William Collins, a congressman, and Isaac Clinton Collins, a judge and politician.

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Genealogy of Robert’s father –

Genealogy of Robert’s mother –

Gracie Allen

Birth Name: Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen

Date of Birth: July 26, 1895

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, U.S.

Date of Death: August 27, 1964

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

Ethnicity: Irish, some Scottish

Gracie Allen was an American comedian. She was known for her comedy act with her husband, George Burns, as part of the duo Burns and Allen. The couple had two children.

She was a (somewhat comedic) candidate for President of the United States in 1940.

Gracie was the daughter of Margaret Theresa (Darragh) and George W. Allen.

Gracie’s paternal grandfather was named William Allen. William was born in Scotland.

Gracie’s paternal grandmother was named Elizabeth Kearney/Carney. Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania.

Gracie’s mother was born in California, to Irish parents.

Sources: Genealogies of Gracie Allen (focusing on her father’s side) –

Gracie Allen on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Thomas E. Dewey

Birth Name: Thomas Edmund Dewey

Date of Birth: March 24, 1902

Place of Birth: Owosso, Shiawassee, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Death: March 16, 1971

Place of Death: Miami, Florida, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, one quarter Irish

Thomas E. Dewey was an American politician. A Republican, he served as the District Attorney of New York County, from January 1, 1938 to January 1, 1942, and the 47th Governor of New York, from January 1, 1943 to December 31, 1954.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1944 and 1948. He was also a candidate for the Republican Party’s 1940 presidential nomination.

Thomas was the son of Anne (Thomas) and George Martin Dewey. He had English and Irish ancestry, and, on his father’s side, deep roots in the Colonial United States, going back to the 1600s. He was married to stage actress Frances Eileen Hutt, with whom he had two children.

Thomas’s paternal grandfather was George Martin Dewey (the son of Granville Dewey and Harriet B. Freeman). George was born in Vermont or New Hampshire. Granville was the son of Martin Dewey and Hannah Waterman.

Thomas’s paternal grandmother was Emma Bingham (the daughter of Lemuel Bingham and Lydia L. Dowd). Emma was born in Ohio. Lemuel was the son of Asa Bingham and Hannah Lord.

Thomas’s maternal grandfather was Alfred Tracy Thomas (the son of George Thomas and Eliza Mary). Alfred was born in Canada, to English parents.

Thomas’s maternal grandmother was Agusta Margaret Emery Corrigan (the daughter of John Corrigan and Anne). Agusta was Irish, and was born in Dublin.

Sources: Genealogy of Thomas E. Dewey –

Thomas E. Dewey on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Thomas E. Dewey (focusing on his father’s side) –

Thomas’s maternal grandparents, Alfred Tracy Thomas and Agusta Margaret Emery Corrigan, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Arthur H. Vandenberg

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.

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Arthur H. Vandenberg on the 1900 U.S. Census –