Sam Yorty

Birth Name: Samuel William Yorty

Date of Birth: October 1, 1909

Place of Birth: Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.

Date of Death: June 5, 1998

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

*75% Irish
*25% German

Sam Yorty was an American politician. As a member of the Democratic Party, he was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California, from January 3, 1951 to January 3, 1955, and Mayor of Los Angeles, from July 1, 1961 to July 1, 1973. He later became a Republican.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1964 and 1972.

Sam was the son of Johanna (Egan) and Frank Patrick Yorty. His father was of German and Irish descent. His mother was Irish, from Tipperary. He was married to Elizabeth Hensel, with whom he had a son.

Sam’s paternal grandfather was Samuel P. Yorty (the son of Johannes Yorty and Maria Magdalena Reinoehl). Sam’s grandfather Samuel was born in Pennsylvania. Johannes was the son of John Yorty and Lise Elizabeth Light. Maria Margdalena was the daughter of John George Henry Reinoehl and Elizabeth/Eliza Catharine Meilly.

Sam’s paternal grandmother was named Mary Amelia Callanan. Mary Amelia was born in New Hampshire, to Irish parents.

Sam’s maternal grandfather was William Egan (the son of Edward Egan). William was Irish.

Sam’s maternal grandmother was Johanna Hayes (the daughter of Henry Hayes and Anne Noonan). Johanna was Irish.

Sources: Sam Yorty on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Sam’s father on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Pat Brown

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 –

Pat Brown on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Hiram Fong

Birth Name: Yau Leong Fong

Date of Birth: October 15, 1906

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii

Date of Death: August 18, 2004

Place of Death: Kahaluu, Hawaii, U.S.

Ethnicity: Chinese

Hiram Fong was an American politician and businessperson. A Republican, he served as a U.S. Senator from Hawaii, from August 21, 1959 to January 3, 1977.

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

Hiram was born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, U.S., the son of Lum Shee and Fong Sau Howe. His parents were Chinese. His father was born in Zhong Xian, China.

He was married to Ellyn Lo, with whom he had four children.

Hiram’s paternal grandfather was Gung Sung Fong.

Hiram was the first Asian-American to mount a notable campaign for a major American political party’s nomination for President of the United States. Other Asian-Americans who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s presidential nomination are:
*Patsy Mink (who sought the 1972 Democratic nomination; Mink was of Japanese descent)
*Bobby Jindal (who sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Jindal is of Indian descent)

Harold Stassen

Birth Name: Harold Edward Stassen

Date of Birth: April 13, 1907

Place of Birth: West St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.

Date of Death: March 4, 2001

Place of Death: Bloomington, Minnesota, U.S.

*75% German
*25% Czech

Harold Stassen was an American politician. A Republican, he served as District Attorney of Dakota County, from 1931 to 1939, the 25th Governor of Minnesota, from January 2, 1939 to April 27, 1943, the 3rd President of the University of Pennsylvania, from 1948 to 1953, and Director of the United States Foreign Operations Administration, from 1953 to 1955.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1944, 1948, 1952, 1964, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992.

Harold was the son of Elsbeth/Elsie Emma (Mueller) and William Andrew Stassen. His father was born in Minnesota, to a German father and a Czech mother. His mother was a German immigrant.

He was married to Esther Glewwe.

Harold’s paternal grandfather was Barnhardt Hinrich Stassen (the son of John Henry Stassen and Becke Margaretha Heicken). Barnhardt was born in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. John was the son of Hinrich Stassen and Marie Maertfeld. Becke was the daughter of John Heicken and Mary Talke.

Harold’s paternal grandmother was Josephine Sophia Benesh/Benes (the daughter of John Benesh and Mary J.). Josephine was born in Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic.

Harold’s maternal grandfather was Robert Henry Mueller. Robert was an ethnic German, born in Gniew, Tczew County, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland.

Harold’s maternal grandmother was Agnetha Jantzen (the daughter of Abraham Janzen and Agnetha).

Harold was one of four people of significant Slavic ancestry to have won a major American political party’s Presidential caucus and/or primary. He won 1 state in 1944, Nebraska; 4 states in 1948; and 1 state in 1952, Minnesota. The other three people are:
*Edmund Muskie (1972; Democratic; won 4 states; Muskie was previously the 1968 Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States; Muskie was of Polish descent)
*Tom Harkin (1992; Democratic; won 1 state, Iowa; Harkin’s mother was of Slovene descent)
*John Kasich (Republican; ran in 2000 and 2016: in 2016, he won 1 state, Ohio; Kasich is of Czech or Rusyn, and Croatian descent)

Other people of significant Slavic ancestry who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States are:
*George H. Bender (who sought the 1960 Republican nomination; Bender was of Czech descent)
*James Traficant (who sought the 1988 Democratic nomination; Traficant’s mother of Slovak descent)
*Dennis Kucinich (who sought the 2004 and 2008 Democratic nominations; Kucinich’s father was of Croatian descent)
*Gary Johnson (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination, and was the Libertarian Party’s 2012 and 2016 nominee for President of the United States; Johnson’s mother was of Ukrainian descent)
*Tim Pawlenty (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination; Pawlenty’s father was of Polish descent)

Sources: Genealogy of Harold Stassen –

Harold Stassen on the 1920 U.S. Census –

George W. Romney

Birth Name: George Wilcken Romney

Date of Birth: July 8, 1907

Place of Birth: Colonia Dublán, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico

Date of Death: July 26, 1995

Place of Death: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, U.S.

*37.5% English
*37.5% Scottish
*25% German

George W. Romney was an American businessperson and politician. He was Chairman and President of American Motors Corporation, from October 1954 to February 1962, the 43rd Governor of Michigan, from January 1, 1963 to January 22, 1969, and the 3rd United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, from January 22, 1969 to January 20, 1973.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1968. His name was placed in nomination for 1964‘s.

George was a member of the LDS (Mormon) faith.

George was born in Colonia Dublán, Galeana, Chihuahua, Mexico, to American parents, Anna Amelia (Pratt) and Gaskell Romney. His father was born in St. George, Utah, and moved to Mexico around 1885, where his own father helped found the LDS colony in Colonia Dublán. His mother was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. George’s parents’ families had left the U.S. for Mexico because of anti-polygamy laws. George’s father was of half English and half Scottish ancestry. George’s mother was of one half German, one quarter English, and one quarter Scottish, descent.

George moved to the U.S. in 1912 with his family, at first living in several states around the west coast.

With his wife, actress and politician Lenore (LaFount) Romney, he had four children. Among them is politician Mitt Romney, who was Governor of Massachusetts, from 2003 to 2007, and who was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2012.

George was the first prominent person of the LDS faith to seek a major American political party’s nomination for President of the United States. Other persons of the LDS faith who have mounted plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major party’s Presidential nomination are:
*Mo Udall (who sought the 1976 Democratic nomination)
*Orrin Hatch (who sought the 2000 Republican nomination)
*Mitt Romney (who was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2012, and was also a candidate for the 2008 Republican nomination for President)
*Jon Huntsman, Jr. (who sought the 2012 Republican nomination)

George’s paternal grandfather was Miles Park Romney (the son of Miles Romney and Elizabeth Gaskell). George’s grandfather Miles was born in Illinois, to English parents, both of them from Dalton-in-Furness, co. Lancaster. George’s great-grandfather Miles was an early English convert to the LDS faith, and was the son of George Romney and Sarah King. Elizabeth was the daughter of Joseph G. Gaskell/Gaitskell and Elizabeth Slater.

George’s paternal grandmother was Hannah Hood Hill (the daughter of Archibald Newell Hill and Isabella Hood). Hannah was born in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. Archibald was Scottish, from Johnstone, co. Renfrew, the son of Alexander Hill and Elizabeth McKinley/McKinlay Currie or Greenock. Isabella was Canadian, from Toronto, and her own parents, James Hood and Margaret Jane Bisland/Bislen, were Scottish, her father from Skipness and her mother from Glasgow.

George’s maternal grandfather was Helaman Pratt (the son of Parley Parker Pratt and Mary Wood). Helaman was born in Iowa, and presided over the LDS mission in Mexico City. Parley was a prominent LDS apostle, the son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Mary Wood was from Glasgow, Scotland, the daughter of Samuel Wood and Margaret Orr.

George’s maternal grandmother was Anna Johanna Dorothy/Dorothea Wilcken (the daughter of Carl/Charles Heinrich/Henry Wilcken and Eliza Christina Carolina Reiche). Anna was born in Dahme, Zarpin, Rheinfeld, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Carl was a prominent artilleryman, and was the son of Carl Heinrich Wilcken and Anna Margaretha Catherine/Catherina Stoffer. Eliza was the daughter of Joachim Peter/Paeter Friedrich Reiche and Dorothea Magdalena Margareta Weber.

Sources: Genealogies of George Romney –

Genealogies of George Romney (through George’s son, Mitt Romney) –

Article about George’s family’s residence in Mexico –

Article about some of George’s English ancestry –