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


Harry F. Byrd

by follers on January 30, 2018

Birth Name: Harry Flood Byrd

Date of Birth: June 10, 1887

Place of Birth: Martinsburg, West Virginia, U.S.

Date of Death: October 20, 1966

Place of Death: Berryville, Virginia, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, distant Scottish

Harry F. Byrd was an American newspaper publisher and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the 50th Governor of Virginia, from February 1, 1926 to January 15, 1930, and a U.S. Senator from Virginia, from March 4, 1933 to November 10, 1965. He was a prominent leader in Virginia politics.

He was, mostly unofficially, a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1932, 1944, 1956, and 1960. He was also nominated for President, in 1956, and Vice President, in 1952, by minor parties.

While he was not on the ballot, he received fifteen electoral votes for President from unpledged and faithless electors in the 1960 presidential election.

Harry was the son of Eleanor/Emily/Esther Bolling (Flood) and Richard Evelyn Byrd, a politician, who was Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, from 1908 to 1914. His brother was naval officer and explorer Richard E. Byrd, his uncle was politician Henry D. Flood, and his half-uncle was politician, lawyer, and judge Joel West Flood. Harry was married to Anne Douglas Beverley, with whom he had four children, including Harry F. Byrd, Jr., who was also a U.S. Senator from Virginia, succeeding his father, from 1965 to 1983.

Harry’s patrilineal line traces back to prominent planter and author William Byrd II.

Harry’s paternal grandfather was William Byrd (the son of Richard Evelyn Byrd and Anne Harrison). William was born in Virginia, and was a Virginia state senator. Richard was the son of Thomas Taylor Byrd and Mary Anne Armistead. Harry’s great-grandmother Anne Harrison was the daughter of Benjamin Harrison and Evelyn Taylor Byrd.

Harry’s paternal grandmother was Jane/Jennie Merriweather Rivers (the daughter of Robert Jones Rivers and Susan Cheatham). Jane was born in Tennessee.

Harry’s maternal grandfather was Joel Walker Trent Flood (the son of Henry De La Warr Flood and Mary Elizabeth Trent). Joel was born in Virginia. Henry was the son of Joel Walker Flood and Eliza Bolling West. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of Thomas Trent and Martha Holland.

Harry’s maternal grandmother was Ella W. Faulkner (the daughter of Charles James Faulkner).

Sources: Genealogies of Harry F. Byrd – https://www.geni.com


Douglas MacArthur

by follers on February 6, 2017

Date of Birth: January 26, 1880

Place of Birth: Little Rock Barracks, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.

Date of Death: April 5, 1964

Place of Death: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., U.S.

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, distant Welsh

Douglas MacArthur was an American five-star general. He was field marshal of the Philippine Army, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army during the 1930s, and had a prominent role in the Pacific front during WWII. He was one of five men to rise to the rank of General of the Army in the U.S. Army. He was the effective ruler of Japan while he oversaw its occupation, from 1945 to 1951; under MacArthur, the country underwent major economic, political, and social changes.

He was, to one degree or another, a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1944, 1948, and 1952. He was also nominated for President by several minor parties.

Douglas was the son of Mary Pinckney/Pinkney “Pinkie” (Hardy) and Arthur MacArthur, a U.S. Army general. He was married to Jean Marie Faircloth MacArthur, with whom he had a son.

Douglas’s paternal grandfather was Arthur MacArthur Sr. (the son of Arthur MacArthur and Sarah MacArthur). Douglas’s grandfather Arthur was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and moved to Uxbridge, Massachusetts, U.S., in 1828; Douglas’s grandfather was Governor of Wisconsin, in 1856, and a Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, from 1870 to 1887. Douglas’s great-grandfather John was the son of John MacArthur. Sarah was born in Dumbarton, the daughter of John MacArthur.

Douglas’s paternal grandmother was Aurelia Belcher (the daughter of Benjamin Barney Belcher and Olive Keep). Aurelia was born in Massachusetts. Benjamin was the son of Benjamin Belcher and Sarah “Sally” Barney. Olive was the daughter of John Keep and Elizabeth Smith.

Douglas’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Asbury Hardy (the son of The Rev. Edward Hardy and Lydia Jarvis). Thomas was born in North Carolina. The Rev. Edward was the son of William Parrott Hardy and Sarah Sowell.

Douglas’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Margaret Pierce (the daughter of David Pierce). Elizabeth was born in Virginia.

Sources: Genealogies of Douglas MacArthur – https://www.geni.com


Thomas E. Dewey

by follers on October 21, 2016

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 – https://www.geni.com

Thomas E. Dewey on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Thomas E. Dewey (focusing on his father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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

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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