Bill Clinton

official presidential photo of Bill Clinton

Birth Name: William Jefferson Blythe III

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

Date of Birth: August 19, 1946

Ethnicity: English, as well as Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern 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, and 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 Clinton Kelley (born Virginia Dell Cassidy), a nurse anesthetist, and William Jefferson “Bill” Blythe, Jr. He took on the surname of his stepfather, Roger M. Clinton. President Clinton’s ancestry includes English, as well as Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern 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.

He was the first baby boomer president.

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

President Clinton’s paternal grandmother was Lou Birchie Ayers (the daughter of Simpson Green “Dick” Ayers and Hattie Hayes). Lou was born in Tippah County, Mississippi. Simpson’s father was Irish. Hattie’s parents were also born in Ireland. Simpson was possibly the son of Asa Ayres and of Olivia/Olive Vessells. Hattie was possibly the daughter of William Andrew Hayes and Elizabeth Carolin.

President Clinton’s maternal grandfather was James Eldridge Cassady/Cassidy (the son of James Monroe Cassady/Cassidy and Sarah Louisa Russell). President Clinton’s grandfather James was born in Parker Township, Nevada, Arkansas. President Clinton’s great-grandfather James was born in Coffee County, Alabama, the son of George Washington Cassady/Cassidy and Nancy Ann Josephine Snelgrove/Snellgrove. Sarah was born in Butler/Crenshaw County, Alabama, the daughter of William James Russell and Mary Elizabeth Spradley.

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

President Clinton’s matrilineal line can be traced to Clara McBride, who was born, c. 1822, in Arkansas.

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 verified/documented for President Clinton by genealogists.

Sources: Genealogies of President Clinton –


Curious about ethnicity

35 Responses

  1. bearboy says:

    Along with Bill Clinton claiming to be of Native American ancestry mind mentioning all the internet claims of president Clinton being a Rothschild and how that is inaccurate and he has no documented Jewish ancestry. I think that will stop all the internet rumors. Thanks

    • ethnogenesis says:

      No mention of Black/African American ancestry, similar with Warren Harding and Abraham Lincoln. Before Barack Obama, there was no president who has any Black blood, nor Indigenous ancestry or even a Jewish relative FTM.

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