Dick Gregory

by follers on August 20, 2017

Birth Name: Richard Claxton Gregory

Date of Birth: October 12, 1932

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Death: August 19, 2017

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

Ethnicity: African-American

Dick Gregory was an American civil rights activist, comedian, actor, social critic, writer, and entrepreneur.

He was a write-in candidate for President of the United States for the Freedom and Peace Party in 1968.

He was the son of Lucille Franklin and Presley Eugene Gregory. He was married to Lillian Smith, with whom he had eleven children.

Dick’s paternal grandfather was Riley Gregory (the son of Tom Gregory and Millie Tyler). Riley was born in Tennessee.

Dick’s paternal grandmother was named Lucy Taylor. Lucy was born in Tennessee.

Dick’s maternal grandfather was named Thomas Jefferson.

Dick’s maternal grandmother was Nellie Council (the daughter of Edward Council and Ellen/Ella Gilbert). Nellie was born in Mississippi. Edward was the son of Troy Council and Sarah. Ellen was the daughter of James Gilbert and Ella Smith.

Sources: Genealogy of Dick Gregory – https://www.wikitree.com

Dick Gregory on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Dick Gregory (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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Winthrop Rockefeller

by follers on March 21, 2017

Date of Birth: May 1, 1912

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

Date of Death: February 22, 1973

Place of Death: Palm Springs, California

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

Winthrop Rockefeller was an American politician and philanthropist. A Republican, he served as Governor of Arkansas, from January 10, 1967 to January 12, 1971.

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

Winthrop 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, Nelson Rockefeller, Laurance Rockefeller, and David Rockefeller. Nelson, who was also a politician, was Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973, and the 41st Vice President of the United States, from December 19, 1974 to January 20, 1977. Winthrop’s son, with his former wife, actress Jievute “Bobo” Paulekiute, was politician Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, who was Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, from 1996 to 2006.

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

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

Winthrop’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.

Winthrop’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.

Winthrop’s maternal grandfather was Nelson W. Aldrich (Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich, the son of Anan Evans Aldrich and Abby Ann Burgess). 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. Winthrop’s great-grandfather Anan was the son of Job Aldrich and Jane Libby Jones. Winthrop’s great-grandmother Abby was the daughter of Gideon Burgess and Phoebe/Phebe Williams.

Winthrop’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.

Winthrop 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, and Massachusetts Governor William Weld.

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

Genealogy of Winthrop Rockefeller (through Winthrop’s brother, Nelson Rockefeller) – https://famouskin.com


Hiram Fong

by follers on October 4, 2016

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)

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Harold Stassen

by follers on October 3, 2016

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 – https://www.geni.com

Harold Stassen on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


Pat Paulsen

by follers on September 26, 2016

Birth Name: Patrick Layton Paulsen

Date of Birth: July 6, 1927

Place of Birth: South Bend, Washington, U.S.

Date of Death: April 24, 1997

Place of Death: Tijuana, Mexico

*Norwegian (father)
*English, distant Welsh, Dutch, and Irish (mother)

Pat Paulsen was an American comedian and satirist.

He was a (somewhat comedic) candidate for President of the United States in 1968, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1992, and 1996.

Pat was the son of Beulah Inez (Fadden) and Norman Inge Paulsen. His father was a Norwegian immigrant. His mother was born in Washington, of English, and distant Welsh, Dutch, and Irish, descent.

He was married to Noma Littell Henriques, until his death. He had three children with his first wife, Betty Jane Cox.

Pat’s paternal grandfather was Carl Paulsen (the son of Johan/Johon Paulsen).

Pat’s paternal grandmother was named Teresa Caroline Marcusen.

Pat’s maternal grandfather was Walter Monroe/Munroe Fadden (the son of Aaron Thurber Fadden and Marcena/Marcina Lovina/Laura/Emma Reynolds). Walter was born in Minnesota. Aaron was the son of Joseph C. Fadden, who was Canadian, and of Laura C. Dager/Dugual/Dugaulette. Marcena was the daughter of Lyman Sidney Reynolds and Almira J. Colby.

Pat’s maternal grandmother was Ellen Charlotte “Lottie” Gwilt (the daughter of James Gwilt and Elizabeth Howells). Ellen was born in England, and may have been of partial Welsh ancestry, as well. James was born in Shropshire, the son of Thomas Gwilt and Ann/Anne Yeats/Yeates/Yates. Elizabeth was also born in Shropshire, the daughter of George Howells and Jemima Bennett.

Sources: Genealogy of Pat Paulsen – https://www.myheritage.com

Genealogy of Pat’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://genmayle.com

Pat’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Pat’s maternal grandfather, Walter Monroe Fadden (focusing on his own mother’s side) – https://www.ancestry.ca