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


Richard Russell, Jr.

by follers on November 26, 2017

Birth Name: Richard Brevard Russell, Jr.

Date of Birth: November 2, 1897

Place of Birth: Winder, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Death: January 21, 1971

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

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, distant Swiss-German and French Huguenot

Richard Russell Jr. was an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he was a Member of the Georgia House of Representatives, from 1921 to 1931, Governor of Georgia, from June 27, 1931 to January 10, 1933, a U.S. Senator from Georgia, from January 12, 1933 to January 21, 1971, and President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, from January 3, 1969 to January 21, 1971, his death.

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

Richard was the son of Ina/Blandina (Dillard) and Richard Brevard Russell. His father was a prominent lawyer, and chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was William John Russell (the son of Edward William Russell and Susan Sarah Way). Richard’s grandfather William was born in Georgia. Edward was born on San Salvador Island, in the Bahamas, and was the son of John Russell and Mary Hogg. Susan was the daughter of William Way and Drusilla Hines.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Rebecca Harriet/Harriett Brumby (the daughter of Richard Trapier Brumby and Mary Martha Isabelle/Isabella Brevard). Rebecca was born in North Carolina. Richard’s great-grandfather Richard Brumby was the son of Thomas Brumby and Susannah/Susanna Greening. Mary Martha was the daughter of Captain Alexander McWhorter Brevard and Rebecca Davidson.

Richard’s maternal grandfather was Fielding Dillard (the son of Fielding Dillard and Martha “Patsey”/”Patsy” Curtis Beadles). Richard’s grandfather Fielding was born in Georgia. Richard’s great-grandfather Fielding was the son of Thomas Dillard and Sarah “Sallie” Mason. Martha was the daughter of Joseph Beadles.

Richard’s maternal grandmother was America Frances Chaffin (the daughter of Lemuel Chaffin and Elizabeth Tharpe/Thorp Maine/Mayne). America was born in Georgia. Lemuel was the son of Isham Chaffin and Patience Atkinson.

Sources: Genealogies of Richard Russell, Jr. – https://www.geni.com

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W. Averell Harriman

by follers on November 22, 2017

Birth Name: William Averell Harriman

Date of Birth: November 15, 1891

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York, New York, United States

Date of Death: July 26, 1986

Place of Death: Yorktown Heights, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, Dutch, some French, distant Scottish

W. Averell Harriman was an American politician, businessperson, and diplomat. A member of the Democratic Party, since 1928, he was U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, from October 23, 1943 to January 24, 1946, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, from April 30, 1946 to October 1, 1946, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, from October 7, 1946 to April 22, 1948, and Governor of New York, from January 1, 1955 to December 31, 1958.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1952 and 1956.

W. was the son of Mary Williamson (Averell), a philanthropist, and E. H. Harriman (Edward Henry Harriman), a railroad executive. His siblings were E. Roland Harriman, a financier and philanthropist, and Mary Harriman Rumsey, who founded The Junior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements.

W. was married to art collector Marie Norton Harriman, until her death, and to socialite Pamela Harriman (born Pamela Beryl Digby), until his death. W. had two children with his first wife, Kitty Lanier Lawrence.

W.’s paternal grandfather was The Rev. Orlando Harriman (the son of Orlando Harriman and Ann Ingland). W.’s grandfather The Rev. Orlando was an Episcopal clergyman. W.’s great-grandfather Orlando was born in London, England.

W.’s paternal grandmother was Cornelia Neilson (the daughter of John Neilson III and Abigail Bleecker). Cornelia was born in New York. John was the son of Gen. John Neilson, Jr. and Catharine Schuyler van Voorhees. Abigail was the daughter of Anthony Lispenard Bleecker and Mary Noel, who was born in Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain.

W.’s maternal grandfather was William John Averell (the son of James Averell III). W.’s grandfather William was born in New York, and was a banker, and president of the Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain Railroad. James was the son of James Averell II and Marcy Holt.

W.’s maternal grandmother was Mary Lawrence Williamson.

Sources: Genealogy of W. Averell Harriman – https://www.geni.com

Death record of W.’s mother – https://www.familysearch.org


Pat Brown

by follers on July 12, 2017

Birth Name: Edmund Gerald Brown

Date of Birth: April 21, 1905

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

Date of Death: February 16, 1996

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

*Irish (father)
*German (mother)

Pat Brown was an American lawyer and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as California Attorney General, from January 8, 1951 to January 5, 1959, and Governor of California, from January 5, 1959 to January 2, 1967.

He was a candidate of the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1952, 1956, 1960, and 1964.

Pat was the son of Ida (Schuckman) and Edmund Joseph Brown. His father was born in California, to Irish parents, from County Tipperary. His mother was born in California, to German parents.

Among his four children with his wife, Bernice E. (Layne) Brown, is Jerry Brown, who was also Attorney General of California, from 2007 to 2011, Governor of California, from 1975 to 1983, and again starting in 2011, and who was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, in several cycles.

Pat’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Brown (the son of Michal Brown and Johanna).

Pat’s paternal grandmother was Bridget Burke (the daughter of Edmund Burke).

Pat’s maternal grandfather was named August Schuckman. August was from Lippe.

Pat’s maternal grandmother was Augusta A. Feidler (the daughter of Franz Feidler, or of Mathias Fiedler and Helena Schuerhoff).

Sources: Genealogy of Jerry Brown – http://www.findagrave.com

Pat Brown on the 1930 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, 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.

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