Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard in official congressional photo

Place of Birth: Leloaloa, American Samoa, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 12, 1981

Ethnicity: Samoan (roughly one quarter), as well as German, English, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, remote Welsh and Cornish

Tulsi Gabbard is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she has served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii, since January 3, 2013. She is a military veteran.

She is a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2020.

Tulsi was born in Leloaloa, American Samoa, U.S., the daughter of Carol (Porter) and Mike Gabbard (Gerald Michael Gabbard), who has been a Member of the Hawaii Senate, since 2006. Tulsi is married to cinematographer and editor Abraham Williams.

Tulsi’s father was born in Fagatogo, American Samoa. Both of Tulsi’s paternal grandparents were of Samoan and European heritage. Her paternal grandfather was of about one quarter Samoan descent, and her paternal grandmother was of possibly as much as seven eighths Samoan ancestry.

Tulsi’s mother was born in Decatur, Indiana, to a European-American family, and was raised in Michigan. Tulsi’s family moved to Hawaii when she was two years old.

The name Tulsi means the holy basil, a plant sacred in Hinduism.

Tulsi is a practicing Hindu, following the Gaudiya Vaishnavism. She is the first Hindu member of the U.S. Congress. Her father is Catholic and her mother is Hindu.

Tulsi is the first person of Polynesian heritage to mount a notable campaign for a major party’s nomination for President of the United States.

Tulsi’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to Hans Michael Gebert, who was born, c. 1702, in Schwaigern, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and to his wife, Anna Sabina Nellinger, who was born, c. 1701, also in Schwaigern.

Tulsi’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin Harrison Gabbard, Jr. (the son of Benjamin Harrison Gabbard and Caroline Bartley). Tulsi’s grandfather Benjamin was born in American Samoa. Tulsi’s great-grandfather Benjamin was the son of William Riley Gabbard and Sarah/Sallie Ann Peters, who were from Kentucky. Tulsi’s great-grandmother Caroline was born in Upolu, Samoa, the daughter of Kalolo/Charles Bartley, who was born in New Zealand, and of Paulina Tuala Mapusua, who was of Samoan heritage.

Tulsi’s paternal grandmother was Aknesis Agnes Yandall (the daughter of Robert/Lopati Louis Yandall and Palepa Barbara Su’a Wolf). Aknesis was born in Fagatogo, Ma’Oputasi, Eastern, American Samoa. Robert was the son of Louis Robert Yandall, who was born in Matautu, Apia, Upolu, Samoa, to a father from London, England, and to a Samoan mother; and of Tafia’u Tofa. Palepa was the daughter of Tipene/Tipeni Su’a.

Tulsi’s maternal grandmother is named Elsie.

Source: Genealogy of Tulsi Gabbard – https://www.geni.com

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