Joseph William Martin, Jr.

by follers on June 27, 2017

Date of Birth: November 3, 1884

Place of Birth: North Attleborough, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States

Date of Death: March 6, 1968

Place of Death: Hollywood, Florida

Ethnicity: English, Irish

Joseph William Martin, Jr. was an American politician. A Republican, he served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, from January 3, 1947 to January 3, 1949, and again from January 3, 1953 to January 3, 1955. He was the only Republican to serve as Speaker from the period between 1931 to 1995.

He was also a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts, from March 4, 1925 to January 3, 1967, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, from 1940 to 1942, and House Minority Leader, from January 3, 1939 to January 3, 1947, January 3, 1949 to January 3, 1953, and January 3, 1955 to January 3, 1959.

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

Joseph was the son of Catherine (Katon) and Joseph William Martin. His father was born in New York, to English parents. His mother was born in New Jersey, to Irish parents.

Sources: Joseph William Martin, Jr. on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Joseph William Martin, Jr. on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


Robert A. Taft

by follers on February 21, 2017

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

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 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). 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.). 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). 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.

Sources: Genealogies of Robert A. Taft – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Robert’s father – https://famouskin.com

Genealogy of Robert’s mother – https://famouskin.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.

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.

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). Benjamin was the son of Benjamin Belcher and Sarah “Sally” Barney. Olive was the daughter of John Keep and Elizabeth Smith.

Douglas’s maternal grandparents were Thomas Asbury Hardy (the son of The Rev. Edward Hardy and Lydia Jarvis) and Elizabeth Margaret Pierce (the daughter of David Pierce). The Rev. Edward was the son of William Parrott Hardy and Sarah Sowell.

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


Strom Thurmond

by follers on January 19, 2017

photo by US Gov

Birth Name: James Strom Thurmond

Date of Birth: December 5, 1902

Place of Birth: Edgefield, South Carolina, U.S.

Date of Death: June 26, 2003

Place of Death: Edgefield, South Carolina, U.S.

Ethnicity: German, English

Strom Thurmond was an American politician. He was a member of the Democratic Party from 1946 to 1964, and the Republican Party from 1964 to 2003, his death. He was also a Dixiecrat in 1948. He was Governor of South Carolina, from January 21, 1947 to January 16, 1951, a U.S. Senator from South Carolina, from December 24, 1954 to April 4, 1956, and again from November 7, 1956 to January 3, 2003, President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, from January 3, 1981 to January 3, 1987, January 3, 1995 to January 3, 2001, and January 20, 2001 to June 6, 2001, and President pro tempore emeritus of the U.S. Senate, from June 6, 2001 to January 3, 2003.

He was the States’ Rights Democratic Party (Dixiecrat) nominee for President of the United States in 1948. The party was a segregationist political party that was both founded and dissolved in 1948, winning 4 states in that year’s presidential election.

Strom was the son of Eleanor Gertrude (Strom) and John William Thurmond. He was married to Jean Crouch and Nancy Moore. Among his five children is politician Paul Thurmond, with Nancy, as well as Essie Mae Washington-Williams, a teacher and author. Strom fathered Essie with his family’s African-American maid, Carrie Butler.

Strom’s paternal grandfather was George Washington Thurmond (the son of John Thurmond and Elinor Delaughter).

Strom’s paternal grandmother was Mary Jane Felter.

Strom’s maternal grandfather was James Harrison Strom (the son of Samuel C. Strom). Samuel was the son of William Strom.

Strom’s maternal grandmother was Martha Evelyn Reynolds (the daughter of Lewis Reynolds and Strother J. Morris). Lewis was the son of William Lewis Reynolds and Martha.

Source: Genealogy of Strom Thurmond – 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). 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). Lemuel was the son of Asa Bingham and Hannah Lord.

Thomas’s maternal grandparents were Alfred Tracy Thomas (the son of George Thomas and Eliza Mary) and Agusta Margaret Emery Corrigan (the daughter of John Corrigan and Anne). Alfred was born in Canada, to English parents. Agusta was Irish, 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

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