President of the United States

Donald Trump

by ethnic on January 6, 2015

Birth Name: Donald John Trump

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

Date of Birth: June 14, 1946

Ethnicity:
*German (father)
*Scottish (mother)

Donald Trump is an American politician, businessperson, investor, television personality, and writer. He is the 45th President of the United States, having been inaugurated on January 20, 2017. He was elected to the position in 2016, running on the Republican Party’s ticket. He was the chairman and CEO of the Trump Organization, and hosted the reality show The Apprentice from 2004 to 2015, among other pursuits. He was also a candidate for the Reform Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2000.

He has signaled his intention to run for his party’s re-nomination for President in 2020.

He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2016.

President Trump’s father, Fred Trump (Frederick Christ Trump), a real estate developer, was born in New York, to German immigrants. President Trump’s mother, Mary Anne (MacLeod), was Scottish, born in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis. She came to the U.S. around 1929, at the age of seventeen, and worked as a maid in New York.

President Trump’s sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, is a prominent judge. President Trump’s uncle (his father’s brother) was John G. Trump (John George Trump), an electrical engineer, inventor, and physicist.

All four of President Trump’s grandparents were born outside of the United States.

President Trump is married to Slovenian-born model Melania Trump; he was previously married to Ivana Trump and Marla Maples. He has five children, Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump, all three with Ivana, Tiffany Trump, with Marla, and Barron Trump, with Melania. Most of them work in business. Donald, Jr. is married to model Vanessa Trump, Ivanka is married to businessperson and investor Jared Kushner, and Eric is married to producer Lara Trump.

While it is sometimes stated that President Trump’s grandfather was born under the surname “Drumpf”, this is not accurate. The family surname was simply “Trump” going back at least several generations.

In his 1987 book, The Art of the Deal, and evidently in some other sources from as late as the 1980s, President Trump stated that his paternal grandfather was Swedish. This is incorrect. It appears that President Trump has not mentioned having Swedish ancestry in more recent years and/or decades. He was a grand marshal of the German-American Steuben Parade in New York City.

President Trump’s paternal grandfather was Friedrich/Friederich/Frederick Trump (the son of Christian Johannes Trump and Katerina/Katherina/Katharina Kober). Friedrich was German, born in Kallstadt, Pfalz. Christian was the son of Johannes Trump and Susanna Maria Bechtloff. Katerina was the daughter of Johann Jakob Kober and Elisabeth Peter.

President Trump’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth/Elisabeth Christ (the daughter of Christian/Philipp Christ and Anna Maria/Marie Anthon/Rathon). Elizabeth was German, born in Kallstadt, Pfalz. Philipp was the son of Johannes/Johann Georg Christ and Sabina Christina Hartung. Anna was the daughter of Johannes Anthon and Eva Farny.

President Trump’s maternal grandfather was Malcolm/Calum Macleod (the son of Alexander Macleod and Anne/Ann Macleod). Malcolm was Scottish, born on the Isle of Lewis. Alexander was the son of William MacLeod and Catherine or Christian MacLeod. Anne was the daughter of Alexander Macleod and Ann Mackenzie.

President Trump’s maternal grandmother was Mary Smith (the daughter of Donald Smith and Mary Macaulay/Macauley). President Trump’s grandmother Mary was Scottish, born in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis. Donald Smith was the son of Duncan Smith and Henrietta MacQueen/McSwane. President Trump’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of John Macaulay and Isabella Murray.

Sources: Genealogies of President Trump – http://www.geni.com
http://genealogy.about.com
http://famouskin.com
http://www.wikitree.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogies of President Trump (focusing on his father’s side) – http://www.wargs.com
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of President Trump’s father – http://www.findagrave.com

Information about some of President Trump’s Scottish ancestors – http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

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Barack Obama

by ethnic on December 29, 2014

Barack Obama

Birth Name: Barack Hussein Obama II

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 4, 1961

Ethnicity:
*Luo Kenyan (father)
*English, small amounts of Scottish, Irish, German, Welsh, Swiss-German, French, possibly remote African (mother)

Barack Obama is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 44th President of the United States, from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017. He was elected to the position in 2008 and 2012. 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.

He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2008 and 2012.

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). Their children are Malia Obama and Sasha 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
*35.06% English
*4.69% Scottish
*3.91% Irish
*3.71% German
*1.56% Welsh
*0.98% Swiss
*0.1% French

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 black American 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 Obama – http://www.wargs.com
http://www.geni.com
http://familypedia.wikia.com
http://www.wikitree.com
http://famouskin.com

Obituaries and genealogies of President 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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George W. Bush

by brotothefifth on November 6, 2014

Birth Name: George Walker Bush

Place of Birth: New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 6, 1946

Ethnicity: English, some German, small amounts of Welsh, Irish, French, Scottish, Dutch, Swedish, and Belgian (Flemish), and 1/256th Moravian

George W. Bush is an American politician. A Republican, he served as the 43rd President of the United States, from January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2009. He was elected to the position in 2000 and 2004. He was also the 46th Governor of Texas, from January 17, 1995 to December 21, 2000. Bush’s 2004 re-election is the only time a Republican Party nominee for president has won the popular vote since 1988.

He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2000 and 2004.

President Bush is the son of Barbara Bush (born Barbara Pierce) and the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush (George Herbert Walker Bush), the brother of politician Jeb Bush (John Ellis Bush), and the uncle of politician George P. Bush (George Prescott Bush). President Bush is married to Laura Bush. Their daughters are Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager.

President Bush is largely of English ancestry, with some German roots, and small amounts of Welsh, Irish, French, Scottish, Dutch, Swedish, and Belgian (Flemish), and 1/256th Moravian, ancestry.

President Bush’s paternal grandfather was Prescott Sheldon Bush (the son of Samuel Prescott Bush and Florence “Flora” Sheldon). President Bush’s grandfather Prescott served as a United States Senator from Connecticut from 1952 to 1963. Samuel was the son of The Rev. James Smith Bush, an Episcopalian minister, and of Harriet Eleanor Fay. Florence was the daughter of Robert Emmet Sheldon and Mary Elizabeth Butler.

President Bush’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy Wear Walker (the daughter of George Herbert Walker and Lucretia “Loulie” Wear). President Bush’s great-grandfather George, a banker and businessperson, was the son of David Davis Walker, a prominent businessperson, who co-founded the clothing brand Ely & Walker, and of Martha Adela Beaky. Lucretia was the daughter of James Hutchenson Wear and Nancy/Nannie Eliza Holliday.

President Bush’s maternal grandfather was Marvin Pierce (the son of Scott Pierce and Mabel Marvin). President Bush’s grandfather Marvin was the president of McCall Corporation, a publisher of women’s magazines McCall’s and Redbook. Scott was the son of Jonas James Pierce and Kate Pritzel, who was born in Zweizel, Baden, Germany. Mabel was the daughter of Jerome Place Marvin and Martha Ann Stokes.

President Bush’s maternal grandmother was Pauline Robinson (the daughter of James Edgar Robinson and Lula Dell Flickinger). President Bush’s great-grandfather James was an Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, from 1919 to 1932. James was the son of John Welch Robinson, Jr. and Sarah Coe. Lula was the daughter of Jacob Marion Flickinger and Sarah Haines.

There is a claim on several web sites that one of President Bush’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Victor Emanuel Bechi, was Italian. It is not clear if this claim is accurate. Victor Emanuel Bechi is described in one reference book as having come from “Strasburg in the Province of Alsace-Lorraine” (in “Americans of gentle birth and their ancestors”, Volume 1, Hannah Daviess Pittman, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1970). That suggests that Victor Emanuel Bechi may have been of ethnic German origin. The surname “Bechi” can be Italian.

President Bush is a sixth cousin, once removed, of actress Lily James. President Bush’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Sarah Horton, was a sister of Lily’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Stephen Horton. Their parents were Comfort Horton and Joanna Wood.

President Bush is also a first cousin, four times removed, of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court David Davis. President Bush’s four times maternal great-grandparents, John Mercer and Rebecca Davis, were also Justice Davis’ maternal grandparents.

Sources: Genealogies of President Bush – http://www.wargs.com
http://www.geni.com
http://www.wikitree.com
http://famouskin.com

Pictures and genealogies of President Bush’s family – http://www.findagrave.com

Some notes on the Moravian roots of President Bush – http//www.svu2000.org

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Bill Clinton

by ethnic on October 5, 2014

Birth Name: William Jefferson Blythe III

Place of Birth: Hope, Arkansas, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 19, 1946

Ethnicity: English, as well as Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Irish, German, Swiss-German, and Scottish, distant French Huguenot

Bill Clinton is an American politician. A Democrat, he served as the President of the United States, January 20, 1993 to January 20, 2001. He was elected to the position in 1992 and 1996. He was previously the 50th Attorney General of Arkansas, from January 3, 1977 to January 9, 1979, and Governor of Arkansas, from January 9, 1979 to January 19, 1981, and again from January 11, 1983 to December 12, 1992. His wife is politician Hillary Clinton. Their daughter is Chelsea Clinton.

He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1992, and for 1998 (sharing the latter award with Ken Starr).

President Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III, the son of Virginia Dell (Cassidy) and William Jefferson Blythe, Jr. He took on the surname of his stepfather, Roger M. Clinton. President Clinton’s ancestry includes English, as well as Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Irish, German, Swiss-German, Scottish, and distant French Huguenot. Many of his ancestors had lived in the United States, specifically in the American South, for many generations.

President Clinton’s paternal grandfather was William Jefferson Blythe (the son of Henry Patton Foote Blythe and Frances “Fannie” Ellen Hines). Henry was the son of Thomas Jefferson Blythe and Esther Elvira Baum. Frances was the daughter of John Francis Hines and Eliza Ellen Emily Lockhart.

President Clinton’s paternal grandmother was Lou Birchie Ayers (the daughter of Simpson Green “Dick” Ayers and Hattie Hayes). Simpson was the son of Asa Ayres, who was born in Ireland, and of Olivia Vessells. Hattie was possibly the daughter of William Andrew Hayes and Elizabeth Carolin.

President Clinton’s maternal grandfather was James Eldridge Cassidy (the son of James Monroe Cassidy and Sarah Louisa Russell). President Clinton’s great-grandfather James was the son of George Washington Cassidy/Cassady and Nancy Ann Josephine Snelgrove. Sarah was the daughter of William James Russell and Mary Elizabeth Spradley.

President Clinton’s maternal grandmother was Edith Valeria/Vallie Grisham (the daughter of Lemma/Lemar Newell Grisham and Edna Earl Adams). Lemma was the son of James B. Gresham/Grisham and Hattie Rebecca Mitchell. Edna was the daughter of Martin Franklin Adams and Sarah Jane May.

President Clinton has evidently stated that one of his great-great-grandparents was a Cherokee Native American. No Native American ancestry, Cherokee or otherwise, has been documented/verified for President Clinton by genealogists.

Sources: Genealogies of President Clinton – http://www.wargs.com
http://www.geni.com
http://www.wikitree.com
https://famouskin.com

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George H. W. Bush

by follers on September 19, 2014

Birth Name: George Herbert Walker Bush

Place of Birth: Milton, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 12, 1924

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Scottish, Dutch, Swedish, German, Belgian (Flemish), Irish, Welsh, and French

George Herbert Walker Bush is an American businessperson and politician. A member of the Republican Party, he served as the 41st President of the United States, from January 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993. He was elected to the position in 1988. He was previously the 43rd Vice President of the United States, from January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1989. He was elected to the position in 1980 and 1984.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for re-election as President of the United States in 1992. He was also a candidate for the Republican Party’s 1980 presidential nomination.

He was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 1990.

President Bush is the son of Dorothy (Walker) and Prescott Bush (Prescott Sheldon Bush), who served as a United States Senator from Connecticut, from 1952 to 1963. President Bush’s wife is Barbara Bush (born Barbara Pierce). Among their six children are George W. Bush (George Walker Bush), the 43rd President of the United States, and politician Jeb Bush (John Ellis Bush), and among his grandchildren is politician George P. Bush (George Prescott Bush) and journalist Jenna Bush Hager (born Jenna Welch Bush). President Bush’s granddaughter, model and businessperson Lauren Bush, is married to businessperson David Lauren, who is the son of designer Ralph Lauren.

Much of President Bush’s ancestry is English, along with small amounts of Scottish, Dutch, Swedish, German, Belgian (Flemish), Irish, Welsh, and French, ancestry.

President Bush was also a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, from January 3, 1967 to January 3, 1971, the 10th United States Ambassador to the United Nations, from March 1, 1971 to January 18, 1973, the 48th Chairperson of the Republican National Committee, from January 19, 1973 to September 16, 1974, the Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office to the People’s Republic of China, from September 26, 1974 to December 7, 1975, and the 11th Director of Central Intelligence, from January 30, 1976 to January 20, 1977.

President Bush’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Prescott Bush (the son of The Rev. James Smith Bush, an Episcopalian minister, and Harriet Eleanor Fay). The Rev. James was the son of Obadiah Newcomb Bush and Harriet B. Smith. President Bush’s great-grandmother Harriet Fay was the daughter of Samuel Howard Fay and Susan Montfort Shellman.

President Bush’s paternal grandmother was Florence “Flora” Sheldon (the daughter of Robert Emmet Sheldon and Mary Elizabeth Butler). Robert was the son of Thomas H. Sheldon and Martha Uncles; Martha’s father was from Bradford, England. Mary was the daughter of Courtland Philip Livingston Butler and Elizabeth Slade Pierce.

President Bush’s maternal grandfather was George Herbert Walker (the son of David Davis Walker and Martha Adela Beaky). President Bush’s grandfather George was a banker and businessperson. David, a prominent businessperson, co-founded the clothing brand Ely & Walker, and was the son of George E. Walker and Harriet Mercer. Martha was the daughter of Joseph Ambrose Beaky and Mary Anne/Ann Bangs.

President Bush’s maternal grandmother was Lucretia “Loulie” Wear (the daughter of James Hutchenson Wear and Nancy/Nannie Eliza Holliday). James was the son of William Gault Wear and Sarah Amanda Yancey. Nancy was the daughter of John James Holliday and Lucretia Green Foree.

There is a claim on several web sites that one of President Bush’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandfathers, Victor Emanuel Bechi, was Italian. It is not clear if this claim is accurate. Victor Emanuel Bechi is described in one reference book as having come from “Strasburg in the Province of Alsace-Lorraine” (in “Americans of gentle birth and their ancestors”, Volume 1, Hannah Daviess Pittman, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1970). That suggests that Victor Emanuel Bechi may have been of ethnic German origin. The surname Bechi can be Italian.

President Bush is a sixth cousin of actress Lily James. President Bush’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Sarah Horton, was a sister of Lily’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Stephen Horton. Their parents were Comfort Horton and Joanna Wood.

President Bush is also a first cousin, three times removed, of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court David Davis. President Bush’s three times maternal great-grandparents, John Mercer and Rebecca Davis, were also Justice Davis’ maternal grandparents.

Sources: Genealogy of President Bush (contained within the genealogy of his son, George W. Bush) – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogies of President Bush – http://www.geni.com
http://www.wikitree.com
http://famouskin.com
http://www.findagrave.com

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