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


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


Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

by follers on September 16, 2016

Date of Birth: July 5, 1902

Place of Birth: Nahant, Essex, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Death: February 27, 1985

Place of Death: Beverly, Massachusetts, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, some Dutch, small amount of German, distant Jersey [Channel Islander]

Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. was an American politician and journalist. A member of the Republican Party, he was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, from January 3, 1937 to February 3, 1944, and again from January 3, 1947 to January 3, 1953, the 3rd U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, from January 12, 1953 to September 2, 1960, the U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, from August 26, 1963 to June 28, 1964, and again from August 25, 1965 to April 25, 1967, and the U.S. Ambassador to West Germany, from May 27, 1968 to January 14, 1969.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1960. He was also a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1964.

Henry was the son of Mathilda Elizabeth Frelinghuysen (Davis) and George Cabot Lodge, a poet. He was descended from at least six U.S. Senators, four from Massachusetts and two from New Jersey. Each of his grandparents was descended from at least one U.S. Senator.

His brother, John Davis Lodge, was an actor and a politician, having served as Governor of Connecticut, among other duties.

He was married to Emily Sears, with whom he had two children.

Henry’s paternal grandfather was Henry Cabot Lodge (the son of John Ellerton Lodge and Anna Sophia Cabot). Henry’s grandfather Henry was born in Massachusetts, and was a Republican politician, who was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, from 1893 to 1924, President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, in 1912, Senate Majority Leader, from 1920 to 1924, and a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1916. John was the son of Giles Lodge, who was born in London, England, and of Abigail Harris Langton. Anna was the daughter of Henry Cabot and Anna Sophia Blake; Henry Cabot’s father, George Cabot, was a Pro-Administration politician, who was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, from 1791 to 1796.

Henry’s paternal grandmother was Anna Cabot Mills Davis (the daughter of Charles Henry Davis and Harriette/Harriet Blake Mills). Anna was born in Massachusetts. Charles was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy. He was the son of Daniel Davis and Lois Freeman. Harriette was the daughter of Elijah Hunt Mills, a Federalist politician, who was a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, from 1820 to 1827, and of Harriet Blake.

Henry’s maternal grandfather was John J. Davis (the son of Bruyn Hasbrouck Davis and Martha Whiting Stickney). John was born in Massachusetts. Bruyn’s father, John Davis, was a Whig and Anti-Jackson politician, who was Governor of Massachusetts, from 1834 to 1835, and again from 1841 to 1843, and a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, from 1835 to 1841, and again from 1845 to 1853. Bruyn’s mother was Eliza/Elizabeth Bancroft. Henry’s great-grandmother Martha was the daughter of Josiah Stickney and Elizabeth Searle.

Henry’s maternal grandmother was Sarah Helen Frelinghuysen (the daughter of Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen and Matilda Elizabeth Griswold). Sarah was born in New Jersey. Frederick was a Whig and Republican politician, who was a U.S. Senator from New Jersey, from 1866 to 1869, and again from 1871 to 1877, and the U.S. Secretary of State, from 1881 to 1885. Frederick was the son of Frederick Frelinghuysen, Jr., a New Jersey attorney, and of Jane Dumont. Henry’s great-grandfather Frederick’s own grandfather, also named Frederick Frelinghuysen, was a Federalist politician, who was a U.S. Senator from New Jersey, from 1793 to 1796. Henry’s great-great-great-uncle, Theodore Frelinghuysen, was the Whig Party’s nominee for Vice President of the United States in 1844.

Henry’s great-grandmother Matilda was the daughter of George Griswold and Maria Matilda Cumming.

Sources: Genealogies of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. – https://www.geni.com


Adlai Stevenson II

by follers on September 13, 2016

Birth Name: Adlai Ewing Stevenson II

Date of Birth: February 5, 1900

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

Date of Death: July 14, 1965

Place of Death: London, England, U.K.

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

Adlai Stevenson II was an American politician, diplomat, and statesman. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 31st Governor of Illinois, from January 10, 1949 to January 12, 1953, and the 5th U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, from January 1961 to July 14, 1965, his death.

He was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1952 and 1956. He was also, to one degree or another, a candidate for the Democratic Party’s 1940, 1944, 1948, 1960, and 1964 presidential nominations.

Adlai was the son of Helen Elizabeth/Louise (Davis) and Lewis Stevenson (Lewis Green Stevenson), who was the 23rd Secretary of State of Illinois, from 1914 to 1917. Adlai’s paternal grandfather, Adlai Stevenson I, was the 23rd Vice President of the United States, from 1893 to 1897. His son, Adlai Stevenson III, was a U.S. Senator from Illinois, from 1970 to 1981.

He had three children with his former wife, Ellen Borden.

Adlai’s paternal grandfather was Adlai Ewing Stevenson (the son of John Turner Stevenson and Elizabeth/Eliza Ann Ewing). Adlai’s grandfather Adlai was born in Kentucky. John was the son of James Bell Stevenson, who was born in North Carolina, to parents from Antrim, Northern Ireland, and of Nancy Young Brevard. Elizabeth was the daughter of Adlai Osborne Ewing and Sophie/Sophia Goodrich Wallis/Wallace.

Adlai’s paternal grandmother was Letitia Stevenson (born Letitia Barbour Green, the daughter of Lewis Warner Green and Mary Ann Lawrence Peachy/Peachie Fry/Frye). Letitia was born in Pennsylvania. Lewis was a Presbyterian minister and educator, and the ninth president of Hampden–Sydney College. Lewis was the son of Willis Green and Sarah Reed. Mary Ann Lawrence Peachy/Peachie was the daughter of Thomas Walker Fry and Elizabeth “Betsy” Julia Speed Smith.

Adlai’s maternal grandfather was William Osborne Davis (the son of Hibbard Davis and Elizabeth Osborn/Osborne). William was born in Pennsylvania.

Adlai’s maternal grandmother was Eliza Brown Fell (the daughter of Jesse Weldon Fell and Hester Vernon Brown). Eliza was born in Illinois. Jesse was an Illinois businessperson and close friend of Abraham Lincoln; he was the son of Jesse Fell and Rebecca Roman. Hester was the daughter of William Brown and Rachel Milner.

Sources: Genealogies of Adlai Stevenson II – http://www.findagrave.com

Genealogy of Adlai Stevenson II (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com


Nelson Rockefeller

by follers on July 17, 2014

Birth Name: Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller

Date of Birth: July 8, 1908

Place of Birth: Bar Harbor, Maine, U.S.

Date of Death: January 26, 1979

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

Ethnicity: English, with small amounts of Dutch, German, and Welsh

Nelson Rockefeller was an American politician, businessperson, philanthropist, and public servant. A member of the Republican Party, he served as the 41st Vice President of the United States, from December 19, 1974 to January 20, 1977. He was appointed to the position by President Gerald Ford, after Ford himself ascended from the Vice Presidency to the Presidency.

Vice President Rockefeller was previously the 1st Assistant Secretary of State for American Republic Affairs, from December 20, 1944 to August 17, 1945, the 1st Under Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, from June 11, 1953 to December 22, 1954, and the 49th Governor of New York, from January 1, 1959 to December 18, 1973.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1960, 1964, and 1968.

Vice President Rockefeller was the son of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (born Abigail Greene Aldrich), a socialite and philanthropist, and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (John Davison Rockefeller, Jr.), a philanthropist and businessperson. His parents were both from wealthy, prominent families. He was a sibling of prominent businesspeople and philanthropists Abby Rockefeller Mauzé, John D. Rockefeller III, Laurance Rockefeller, Winthrop Rockefeller, and David Rockefeller. Winthrop Rockefeller was also a prominent politician, whose name was placed in nomination for the 1968 Republican nomination for President of the United States. Vice President Rockefeller had five children with his first wife, Mary Todhunter (Clark), and two children with his second wife, Margaretta Large (Fitler) “Happy” Rockefeller.

His ancestry was English, with small amounts of Dutch, German, and Welsh.

Vice President Rockefeller’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Johann Peter Rockefeller, who was born, c. 1681, in Westerwald, Kurpfalz, Heiliges Römisches Reich, Germany.

Vice President Rockefeller’s paternal grandfather was John D. Rockefeller (John Davison Rockefeller, the son of William Avery Rockefeller and Elizabeth “Eliza” Davison). John was born in New York, and co-founded the Standard Oil Company. William was the son of Godfrey Lewis Rockefeller and Lucy Avery. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Davison and Sytje/Sycha “Cynthia” Selover.

Vice President Rockefeller’s paternal grandmother was Laura Spelman Rockefeller (born Laura Celestia Spelman, the daughter of Harvey Buel Spelman and Lucy Henry). Laura was born in Ohio, and was an abolitionist, philanthropist, and schoolteacher. Harvey was the son of Samuel Buel Spelman and Laura Seymour. Lucy was the daughter of William Henry and Rachel Frary.

Vice President Rockefeller’s maternal grandfather was Nelson W. Aldrich (Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich, the son of Anan Evans Aldrich and Abby Ann Burgess). Vice President Rockefeller’s grandfather Nelson Aldrich was born in Rhode Island, and was a prominent politician, who was a Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, from 1875 to 1876, a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island, from 1879 to 1881, and a U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, from 1881 to 1911. Vice President Rockefeller’s great-grandfather Anan was the son of Job Aldrich and Jane Libby Jones. Vice President Rockefeller’s great-grandmother Abby was the daughter of Gideon Burgess and Phoebe/Phebe Williams.

Vice President Rockefeller’s maternal grandmother was Abigail “Abby” Pearce/Pierce Truman Chapman (the daughter of Francis Morgan Chapman and Lucy Anne Truman). Abigail was born in Connecticut. Francis was the son of Amos Chapman and Amy Morgan. Lucy was the daughter of Jonathan Truman and Mary Willet/Willett.

Vice President Rockefeller was a descendant of William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a Mayflower passenger and noted Pilgrim. Among many of William’s other descendants are actors Jordana Brewster, Paget Brewster, Chevy Chase, Taylor Lautner, Seth MacFarlane, and Brandon Routh, soccer player Clint Dempsey, fellow U.S. Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, and Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.

Sources: Genealogies of Vice President Rockefeller – https://www.geni.com

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