Vice President of the United States

Hannibal Hamlin

by follers on August 7, 2018

Date of Birth: August 27, 1809

Place of Birth: Paris, Massachusetts, U.S. (now Paris, Maine, U.S.)

Date of Death: July 4, 1891

Place of Death: Bangor, Maine, U.S.

Ethnicity: English

Hannibal Hamlin was an American attorney and politician. He served as the 15th Vice President of the United States, from March 4, 1861 to March 4, 1865. He was elected to the position in 1860. He was the first Republican Party Vice President. He was also a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine, from March 4, 1843 to March 3, 1847, a U.S. Senator from Maine, from June 8, 1848 to January 7, 1857, again from March 4, 1857 to January 17, 1861, and then from March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1881, Governor of Maine, from January 8, 1857 to February 25, 1857, and a U.S. Minister to Spain, from June 30, 1881 to October 17, 1882. He was a member of the Democratic Party until 1856, and then a Republican.

Vice President Hamlin was the son of Anna (Livermore) and Cyrus Hamlin. His great-uncle, Samuel Livermore, was a U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, from 1793 to 1801, and President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, in 1796 and 1799.

Vice President Hamlin was married to Sarah Jane Emery, until her death, and then to Ellen Vesta Emery, until his death. Sarah and Ellen were half-sisters, and the daughters of Stephen Emery, who was Attorney General of Maine. He had four children with Sarah, and two with Ellen.

Vice President Hamlin was of English descent, including numerous Mayflower passengers among his ancestry, a few of whom were among his great-great-great-grandparents.

Vice President Hamlin’s patrilineal line can be traced back to Giles Hamblin, who was born, c. 1590, in Devon, England. Assertions that the Hamlin family is German, which were included among other places in a 2018 final clue on the show Jeopardy!, are not correct.

Vice President Hamlin’s paternal grandfather was Eleazer Hamlin (the son of Benjamin Hamlin and Anne Mayo). Eleazer was born in Massachusetts. Benjamin was the son of Eleazer Hamlin and Lydia Sears. Anne was the daughter of Samuel Mayo and Ruth Hopkins.

Vice President Hamlin’s paternal grandmother was Lydia Bonney (the daughter of Ichabod Bonney and Elizabeth Howland). Lydia was born in Massachusetts. Ichabod was the son of John Bonney and Elizabeth Bishop. Vice President Hamlin’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Abraham Howland and Annie/Ann Rouse/Colson.

Vice President Hamlin’s maternal grandfather was Elijah Livermore (the son of Samuel Livermore and Hannah Brown). Elijah was born in Massachusetts. Samuel was the son of Jonathan Livermore and Rebecca Barnes. Hannah was the daughter of William Brown and Hannah Pease/Peas.

Vice President Hamlin’s maternal grandmother was named Hannah Clarke. Hannah was born in Massachusetts.

Among Vice President Hamlin’s Mayflower passenger ancestors was William Brewster (c. 1566-1644), a 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, Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, U.S. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, and Governor of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller.

Sources: Genealogies of Hannibal Hamlin –

Genealogy of Hannibal Hamlin (focusing on his father’s side) –


Mike Pence

by follers on July 2, 2016

Birth Name: Michael Richard Pence

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

Date of Birth: June 7, 1959

*81.25% Irish
*7.81% German (including Alsatian German and Swiss-German)
*10.94% Colonial American, including English

Mike Pence is an American politician, attorney, and radio show host. A Republican, he is the Vice President of the United States, having been sworn into office on January 20, 2017. He was elected to the position in 2016. He was previously Governor of Indiana, from January 14, 2013 to January 9, 2017. He was also a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, from January 3, 2001 to January 3, 2013.

Vice President Pence is the son of Ann Nancy Jane (Cawley) and Edward J. Pence, Jr. Vice President Pence’s father’s ancestry was 5/8 Irish and 5/32 German (including Alsatian German and Swiss-German); the remainder of his father’s more distant roots includes English. Vice President Pence’s mother is of entirely Irish descent, the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants. Vice President Pence was raised Catholic, and later became an Evangelical Christian. He is married to educator, teacher, and painter Karen Pence, with whom he has three children.

Vice President Pence’s patrilineal line traces back to a Michael Bentz, who was born, c. 1705, in Lower Bavaria, Germany, and whose family surname was changed from Bentz to Pence.

Vice President Pence’s paternal grandfather was Edward Joseph Pence, Sr. (the son of Henry Harold “Harry” Pence and Mary Ellen Riley/Reilly). Edward was born in Illinois. Harry was born in Illinois, the son of Samuel Pence and Frances “Fannie” Payne/Paigne; Samuel was of at least one quarter German descent through his patrilineal line (including Alsatian German and Swiss-German), while the rest of his ancestry included English. Vice President Pence great-grandmother Mary Ellen was born in Illinois, the daughter of John Riley, who was Irish, and of Margaret Flannery, who was born in Louisiana, of Irish descent.

Vice President Pence’s paternal grandmother was Geraldine Kathleen Kuhn (the daughter of Philip/Phillip Blaze Kuhn and Mary Ann/Anna Larkin). Geraldine was born in Illinois. Philip was born in Indiana, to a German father, William Kuhn, and an Irish mother, Margaret McGwen. Mary Ann was born in Indiana, to Irish parents, Peter Larkin and Margaret Wall.

Vice President Pence’s maternal grandfather was Richard Michael Cawley (the son of Richard Cawley and Ellen Marron/Marren). Vice President Pence’s grandfather Richard was an Irish emigrant, who was born in Doocastle, County Mayo.

Vice President Pence’s maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Maloney (the daughter of James Michael Maloney and Mary Anne/Ann Downes/Downs). Vice President Pence’s grandmother Mary Elizabeth was born in Illinois, to Irish parents, from Killaloe and Doonbeg, respectively, both in Co Clare. James was the son of Michael Moloney and Anne Carney. Mary Anne was the daughter of John Downes/Downs and Eliza.

Sources: Article about Vice President Pence’s ancestry, by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –

Genealogies of Vice President Pence –

Vice President Pence’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Vice President Pence’s father –

Vice President Pence’s paternal grandfather, Edward Joseph Pence, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Vice President Pence’s paternal grandmother, Geraldine Kathleen Kuhn, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Information about Vice President Pence’s mother’s Irish family –

Obituary of Vice President Pence’s maternal grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley –

Vice President Pence’s maternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Maloney, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Joe Biden

by ethnic on January 14, 2015

Birth Name: Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.

Place of Birth: Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 20, 1942

*English, German, Irish (father)
*Irish (mother)

Joe Biden is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 47th Vice 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 U.S. Senator from Delaware, from January 3, 1973 to January 15, 2009.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1988 and 2008.

Vice President Biden is the son of Catherine Eugenia “Jean” (Finnegan) and Joseph Robinette Biden. His father was of English, Irish, and German descent (the latter from his “Bomberger” and “Launderslager” lines), and also possibly had distant French roots (from the family surname “Robinette”). Vice President Biden’s mother’s ancestry was entirely Irish.

Vice President Biden is married to Jill Biden, an educator, with whom he has a daughter. He was previously married to Neilia Hunter, until her death. The couple had three children together, including Beau Biden, who served as Attorney General of Delaware, and who died in 2015.

Vice President Biden’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Harry Biden (the son of George T. Biden and Mary Emily/Emeline Lidell/Liddell). Joe’s grandfather Joseph was born in Maryland. George was the son of Joseph J./Harry Biden and Lydia Ann Randle. Mary Emily/Emeline was the daughter of Robert Theodore Lidell/Liddell and Susan E. Bomberger.

Vice President Biden’s paternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Robinette (the daughter of George Hamilton Robinette and Mary Ann Hanafee). Joe’s grandmother Mary Elizabeth was born in Maryland. George was the son of Moses Johnson Robinette and Jane Elizabeth/Eliza Pumphrey. Vice President Biden’s great-grandmother Mary Ann was the daughter of John Hanafy/Hanafee, who was Irish, and of Mary Ward, who was born in London, to Irish parents, from Galway, Gaillimh, Ireland.

Vice President Biden’s maternal grandfather was Ambrose Joseph Finnegan (the son of James Finnegan and Catherine Roche). Ambrose was born in Pennsylvania. James was born in Ireland, the son of Owen Finnegan and Jane Boyle. Catherine was born in New York, to Irish parents, Thomas Roche and Bridget.

Vice President Biden’s maternal grandmother was Geraldine Catherine/Catharine Blewitt (the daughter of Edward Francis Blewitt and Mary Ellen Stanton). Geraldine was born in Pennsylvania. Edward, a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Irish parents from Rappagh, co., Patrick Blewitt and Catharine/Catharine “Kate” Scanlon. Mary Ellen was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, James Stanton and Mary.

Sources: Genealogies of Vice President Biden –

Family history of Vice President Biden (focusing on his mother’s side), by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak –


Dick Cheney

by Goatboy99 on December 21, 2014

Birth Name: Richard Bruce Cheney

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

Date of Birth: January 30, 1941

Ethnicity: English (mostly), as well as small amounts of Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and French

Dick Cheney is an American politician. A Republican, he served as the 46th Vice 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 previously White House Chief of Staff, from November 21, 1975 to January 20, 1977, a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming, from January 3, 1979 to March 20, 1989, Chair of the House Republican Conference, from January 3, 1987 to January 3, 1989, House Minority Whip, from January 3, 1989 to March 20, 1989, and United States Secretary of Defense, from March 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993.

Vice President Cheney is the son of Marjorie Lorraine (Dickey) and Richard Herbert Cheney. He is married to author, scholar, and talk show host Lynne Ann (Vincent) Cheney, with whom he is the father of Liz Cheney and Mary Cheney, both of whom have also been involved in politics.

Most of Vice President Cheney’s ancestry is English, and a significant amount of it goes back to the Colonial United States. Vice President Cheney also has small amounts of Scottish, Irish, Welsh, and French, ancestry.

Vice President Cheney’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Herbert Cheney (the son of Samuel Fletcher Cheney and Ellen/Ella A. Phillips). Thomas was born in Ohio. Samuel was the son of Elias Eaton Cheney and Lucy Fletcher. Ellen was the daughter of Jeremiah William Phillips and Louisa/Louise Langdon.

Vice President Cheney’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Ellen Tyler (the daughter of James Alexander Tyler and Sarah Elizabeth Swift). Margaret was born in Indiana. James was the son of Willett Tyler and Rachel A. Montgomery. Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Swift and Margaret Hill.

Vice President Cheney’s maternal grandfather was David Eli Dickey (the son of Edward Alonzo “Lon” Dickey and Laura Nora Dillman). David was born in Nebraska. Edward was the son of Eli G. Dickey and Martha Ann McGaugh. Laura was the daughter of David Bowman Dillman and Rebecca Jane Byers.

Vice President Cheney’s maternal grandmother was Clarice E. Miller (the daughter of William T. Miller and Emma L. Breazeale). Clarice was born in Nebraska. William was the son of James Franklin Miller and Merial Matilda Kirkpatrick. Vice President Cheney’s great-grandmother Emma was the daughter of Robert Houston Breazeale and Elizabeth B. Wells.

Sources: Genealogies of Vice President Cheney –

Genealogy of Vice President Cheney (focusing on his father’s side) –

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Al Gore

by follers on November 21, 2014

Birth Name: Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.

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

Date of Birth: March 31, 1948

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, distant German, remote Welsh, 1/1024 Portuguese

Al Gore is an American politician, advocate, philanthropist, and environmentalist. A Democrat, he served as the 45th Vice President of the United States, from January 20, 1993, to January 20, 2001, under President Bill Clinton. He was elected to the position in 1992 and 1996. He was a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee, from January 3, 1977 to January 3, 1985, and a U.S. Senator from Tennessee, from January 3, 1985 to January 2, 1993. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007, along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2000, when he won the popular vote, but not the certified electoral vote. He was also a candidate for the Democratic Party’s 1988 presidential nomination.

Vice President Gore is the son of Pauline (LaFon) and Albert Allen Gore, who served as a United States Representative (1939-1953) and Senator (1953-1971) , both from Tennessee. Vice President Gore is married to Tipper Gore (born Mary Elizabeth Aitcheson), with whom he has four children, including journalist and author Karenna Gore and author and screenwriter Kristin Gore. Tipper’s first cousin, once removed, is actor and comedian Zach Cregger.

Most of Vice President Gore’s recent ancestors were American-born, going back many generations. Vice President Gore is of mainly English descent, with some Scottish, a smaller amount of German (including one of his great-great-great-grandfathers, James Box, who was born, c. 1786, in Germany), and remote Welsh. Also, his eight times great-grandfather, Domingo Madeiras/Madeiros, was Portuguese, making Vice President Gore of 1/1024th Portuguese ancestry.

Vice President Gore’s mother’s maiden name, LaFon, might indicate French ancestry. However, his LaFon family originates in Germany.

Vice President Gore’s paternal grandfather was Allen Arnold Gore (the son of Charles Claiborn/Clairborn Gore and Elizabeth T. Robinson). Allen was born in Tennessee. Charles was the son of Mounce Gore and Rebecca Simcock. Elizabeth was the daughter of Joseph Allen Robinson and Martha Patsy Stanford.

Vice President Gore’s paternal grandmother was Margie Bettie/Elizabeth Denny/Denney (the daughter of Wiley Brown Denny and Sarah Elizabeth Waggoner). Margie was born in Tennessee. Wiley was the son of Wiley Brown Denny/Denney and Clary Enoch. Sarah was the daughter of Jacob E. Waggoner and Celia Enoch.

Vice President Gore’s maternal grandfather was Walter Lewis LaFon (the son of Simpson Whit/Washington LaFon and Luna Effie/Effa Mae Stephenson). Walter was born in Tennessee. Simpson was the son of Emanuel/Emmanuel M. LaFon and Louisa Jane Alexander. Luna was the daughter of Sollomon Malcus/Malkus “Mack” Adonis/Adonia/Adourum Stephenson and Anna/Annie Eliza Joyner Stunston.

Vice President Gore’s maternal grandmother was Maude/Maud Mae Gatlin (the daughter of Thomas Taylor Gatlin and Claudia McNeil). Maude was born in Arkansas. Thomas was the son of William Gatlin and Angeline Box. Claudia was the daughter of Larkin Baker McNeill and Frances Elizabeth Thompson.

Vice President Gore is a fifth cousin, twice removed, of actor, writer, and director John Huston, through their shared ancestors, John Gore and Mary Madeiras/Madares.

Sources: Genealogies of Vice President Gore –

Genealogies of Vice President Gore’s parents –

Information about Vice President Gore’s paternal eight times great-grandfather, Domingo Madeiras/Madeiros –