Birth Name: Barack Hussein Obama II
Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 4, 1961
*Luo Kenyan (father)
*English, small amounts of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, French, possibly remote African (mother)
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States, having served as President since January 20, 2009. He was elected to the position in 2008 and 2012. A member of the Democratic Party, he was previously a Member of the Illinois Senate, from January 8, 1997 to November 4, 2004, and a U.S. Senator from Illinois, from January 3, 2005 to November 16, 2008. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009.
President Obama is the first person of African descent to serve as President of the United States. President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. His father was black and his mother was white. His father, Barack Obama, a governmental economist, was born in Nyang’oma Kogelo, Rachuonyo District, Kenya Colony, and was a Kenyan of the Luo tribe. His mother, Stanley Ann (Dunham), an anthropologist, was born in Wichita, Kansas, and had English, and small amounts (to varying degrees) of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, and French, ancestry. His father was a Muslim and his mother was from a family of non-practicing Baptists and Methodists. President Obama practices Protestant Christianity.
President Obama is married to lawyer and writer Michelle Obama (born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson). His daughter are Sasha and Malia Obama. He lived in Indonesia from six to ten years old.
Genealogist William Addams Reitwiesner wrote President Obama’s ancestral lineage out as such, with approximate fractions:
*50% Luo Kenyan
President Obama’s paternal grandparents were Onyango (whose name was changed to Hussein Onyango Obama; the son of Obama and Nyaoke) and Habibah Akumu Nyanjoga (the daughter of Njango/Njoga). President Obama’s great-grandfather Obama was the son of Opiyo and Marrgorat.
President Obama’s maternal grandfather was Stanley Armour Dunham (the son of Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Armour). Ralph was the son of Jacob William Dunham and Mary Ann Kearney. Ruth was the daughter of Harry Ellington Armour and Gabriella “Gabbie” Lee Clark.
President Obama’s maternal grandmother was Madelyn Lee Payne (the daughter of Rolla Charles Payne and Leona Belle McCurry). Rolla was the son of Charles Thomas Payne and Della L. Wolfley. Leona was the daughter of Thomas Creekmore McCurry and Margaret Belle Wright.
Aside from being the first person of African descent to serve as President of the United States, President Obama is the first person of African descent to be the presidential nominee of a major American party.
President Obama is the fourth person of African heritage to win a caucus and/or primary for a major American political party’s presidential nomination, having won 29+ states in 2008, and 50+ states in 2012. The previous winners are:
*Walter E. Fauntroy (1972; Democratic; won Washington, D.C.)
*Shirley Chisholm (1972; Democratic; won 3 contests, including New Jersey)
*Jesse Jackson (Democratic; in 1984, he won 2+ states; in 1988, he won 9+ states)
President Obama has distant Irish ancestry, going back to his great-great-great-grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, who arrived in the States in 1850, from Moneygall in Ireland. Research done by a team of genealogists has suggested that President Obama’s mother had remote African-American ancestry (in the 1600s), through possible descent from a slave named John Punch.
In page 13 of his autobiography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995), President Obama writes that a distant ancestor of his mother’s “had indeed been a full-blooded Cherokee” [Native American]. No Cherokee Native American ancestry has yet been documented/verified for President Obama.
President Obama has referred to his mother’s ancestors as “Scotch-Irish mostly”, though their ancestry was predominantly English, with a smaller amount of Scots-Irish.
One of President Obama’s maternal ancestors, his ninth great-grandfather, Richard Singletary, was born, c. 1585, in Surfleet, Lincolnshire, England, to Francis Singletary and Agnes Cook. Richard’s son, Jonathan Singletary (later Dunham), was born, c. 1640, in Newbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony. President Obama’s “Dunham” line traces back to Jonathan.
Sources: Genealogies of President Barack Obama – http://www.wargs.com
Obituaries and genealogies of President Barack Obama’s parents – http://www.findagrave.com
Article about President Obama’s Irish ancestry – http://living.oneindia.in
Article suggesting that President Obama’s mother had remote African-American ancestry – http://www.nytimes.com
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