Lyndon LaRouche

by follers on February 21, 2017

Birth Name: Lyndon Hermyle LaRouche, Jr.

Place of Birth: Rochester, New Hampshire, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 8, 1922

Ethnicity: French-Canadian, Scottish, English, Irish, distant Dutch and Welsh

Lyndon LaRouche is an American political activist and politician. He founded the LaRouche movement, a political and cultural network promoting himself and his ideas.

He was the U.S. Labor Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 1976. He was also a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. He was on the general Presidential election ballot as an independent candidate most or all of those years.

Lyndon is the son of Jessie Lenore (Weir) and Lyndon Hermyle LaRouche.

Lyndon’s paternal grandfather was Joseph H. Golthier LaRouche (the son of Antoine LaRouche, Gauthier and Catherine Parent). Joseph was born in Canada, to parents from Rimouski, Québec. Antoine was the son of Antoine Gauthier dit LaRouche and Marie Dubé. Catherine was the daughter of Pierre Parent and Madeleine Gagné.

Lyndon’s paternal grandmother was Ella Stevens Lougee (the daughter of Lorenzo J. Lougee and Annie McGregor). Annie was born in Massachusetts, to an English-born father and an Irish-born mother.

Lyndon’s maternal grandfather was George Weir (the son of George Weir and Janet Stewart). George was born in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland.

Lyndon’s maternal grandmother was Martha H. Wood (the daughter of Daniel Heveland Wood, Jr, and Caroline Almira Starr). Daniel was the son of Daniel Heveland Wood and Elizabeth Benedict. Caroline was the daughter of Timothy Starr and Mary Ann Kent.

Source: Genealogy of Lyndon LaRouche – http://www.wargs.com


Dick Gephardt

by follers on December 1, 2016

Birth Name: Richard Andrew Gephardt

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

Date of Birth: January 31, 1941

Ethnicity: German, English

Dick Gephardt is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri, from January 3, 1977 to January 3, 2005, House Majority Leader, from June 6, 1989 to January 3, 1995, and House Minority Leader, from January 3, 1995 to January 3, 2003.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1988 and 2004.

Dick is the son of Loreen Estelle (Cassell) and Louis Andrew Gephardt. He is married to Jane, with whom he has three children.

Dick’s paternal grandfather was Andrew Gephardt (the son of John Gephardt and Barbara). Andrew was born in Missouri, to German parents.

Dick’s paternal grandmother was Alice V. Jones (the daughter of Martin Van Buren Jones and Anna Barbara Haller). Martin was the son of David Jones and Julia A. Anna was born in Missouri, the daughter of German parents, Jacob Haller and Agatha Birk, who were from Württemberg.

Dick’s maternal grandfather was King St. Clair Cassell (the son of William H. Cassell and Charlotte Johnson).

Dick’s maternal grandmother was Stella Vinyard (the daughter of Willis Henry Vinyard and Frances/Fanny Letitia Hunt). Willis was the son of Charles C. Vinyard and Susan Cross.

Sources: Genealogy of Dick Gephardt – http://www.wargs.com

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


Michael Badnarik

by madman on November 2, 2016

Birth Name: Michael John Badnarik

Place of Birth: Hammond, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 1, 1954

Ethnicity: Slovak, along with possibly small amounts of Hungarian and Polish

Michael Badnarik is an American politician, software engineer, writer, and radio talk show host.

He was the Libertarian Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2004.

Michael is the son of Elaine Margarite/Marguerite (Gima) and John Michael Badnarik. His family is from Eastern Europe, of Slovak descent. He may also have a small amount of Hungarian and Polish ancestry, though his Hungarian- and Polish-born predecessors may have been ethnic Slovaks.

Michael’s paternal grandparents were Michael Badnarik (the son of Jan/John Badnarik and Zuzanna/Susanna Kenderis/Kenderes) and Maria/Mary Oleksik (the daughter of Michael Oleksik and Barbara Huzvai). Michael’s grandparents Michael and Maria were Slovak immigrants.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Michael Gima (the son of Michael Gima and Mary Cserep). Michael’s great-grandfather Michael was born in Kerestur, Slovakia, the son of Michael Gima, who was born in Poland, and of Maria/Mary Koval, who was born in Slovakia. Michael’s great-grandmother Mary was born in Nižný Žipov, Prešov, Slovakia, the daughter of Andrew Cserep and Barbara Kuncza, and was possibly of Hungarian descent.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Olga Kalena/Kalina (the daughter of John Kalena/Kalina and Mary Okal). John and Mary were Slovak immigrants, from Klenova and Stokcin, respectively. Mary was the daughter of Andrew Okal.

Sources: Marriage record of Michael’s parents – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael’s father (through his own sister, Anne (Badnarik) Kunis) – http://www.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Michael’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Michael’s mother – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Michael’s maternal uncle, John Gima – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Michael’s maternal grandparents, Michael Gima and Olga Kalena/Kalina – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael’s maternal grandfather, Michael Gima – http://www.ancestry.com

Death record of Michael’s maternal great-grandfather, Michael Gima – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael’s maternal grandmother, Olga Kalena/Kalina – http://www.ancestry.com

Obituary of Michael’s maternal grandmother, Olga (Kalena/Kalina) Gima – http://www.nwitimes.com


Tom Laughlin

by follers on October 10, 2016

Birth Name: Thomas Robert Laughlin

Date of Birth: August 10, 1931

Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

Date of Death: December 12, 2013

Place of Death: Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish, as well as Scottish, English, and German

Tom Laughlin was an American actor, director, screenwriter, writer, educator, and political activist. He is known for starring in the Billy Jack films, which he also directed and wrote/co-wrote.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1992 and 2008, and for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2004.

Tom was the son of Margaret Hellen Catherine (Smith) and Thomas McHugh Laughlin. He was married to actress, writer, and producer Delores Taylor, with whom he had three children.

Tom’s paternal grandfather was Thomas H./A. Laughlin (the son of William Laughlin and Catharine/Catherine Cusick). William and Catharine were Irish. Catharine was the daughter of Martin Cusick and Mary M.

Tom’s paternal grandmother was Julia McHugh (the daughter of Patrick McHugh and Mary/Mari Moran). Julia was also of Irish origin.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was Walter Fairless Smith (the son of Jeremiah Smith and Ellen Leonard). Jeremiah was Scottish. Ellen was English.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was Katherine/Catherine M. Hahn (the daughter of Joseph Hahn and Margaret).

Sources: Genealogy of Tom Laughlin – https://www.wikitree.com

Tom’s parents on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tom’s maternal grandfather, Walter Fairless Smith, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


Dennis Kucinich

by follers on September 9, 2016

Birth Name: Dennis John Kucinich

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 8, 1946

*Croatian (father)
*Irish (mother)

Dennis Kucinich is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 53rd Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, from January 26, 1978 to November 6, 1979, and a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio, from January 3, 1997 to January 3, 2013.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2004 and 2008.

Dennis is the son of Virginia Ann (Norris) and Frank Joseph Kucinich. He is married to British organic food and vegan advocate Elizabeth Kucinich (born Elizabeth Jane Harper). He is the father of reporter Jackie Kucinich, with his former wife, Sandra Lee McCarthy.

Dennis’s paternal grandparents were John Kucinich (the son of Joseph Kucinich and Anna) and Mary Kaputa (the daughter of John Kaputa and Anna). Dennis’s grandfather John was Croatian. Mary was of Croatian descent.

Dennis’s maternal grandfather was William Joseph Norris (the son of William Norris and Mary E. Gibbons). Dennis’s grandfather William was born in Ohio, to Irish parents, his father from Limerick and his mother from Mayo. Mary E. was the daughter of Miles Gibbons and Ellen Fitzpatrick.

Dennis’s maternal grandmother was Alice Loretta/Luretta Cowan (the daughter of Thomas Cowan and Alice Walsh). Dennis’s grandmother Alice was born in Hastings, Ontario, Canada, the granddaughter of Irish immigrants. Thomas was the son of Michael Cowan and Honora Crowley. Dennis’s great-grandmother Alice was the daughter of James Walsh and Alice Lynch or Maher/Meagher.

Dennis is one of several people of significant Slavic ancestry to have run plausible or semi-plausible campaigns for a major political party’s nomination for President of the United States. Of these candidates, four have won a major party’s caucus and/or primary. The four are:
*Harold Stassen (Republican; in 1944, he won 1 state, Nebraska; in 1948, he won 4 states; in 1952, he won 1 state, Minnesota; Stassen also sought the 1964, 1968, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992 Republican nominations; Stassen’s paternal grandmother was Czech)
*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)
*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 Dennis Kucinich – https://www.geni.com

Dennis’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dennis’s maternal grandparents, William Joseph Norris and Alice Loretta/Luretta Cowan, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org