Dick Cheney

official photo of Dick Cheney, c. 2003, from the U.S. Air Force website

Birth Name: Richard Bruce Cheney

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

Date of Birth: January 30, 1941

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

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 has also been 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, and U.S. Secretary of Defense, from March 20, 1989 to January 20, 1993, among other duties.

Vice President Cheney is the son of Marge/Marjorie Lorraine (Dickey) and Richard Herbert Cheney. He was raised in Casper, Wyoming. He is married to author, scholar, and talk show host Lynne Ann (Vincent) Cheney, with whom he has two children, Liz Cheney and Mary Cheney, who are also involved in politics. Liz has been a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming, from 2017 to 2023. She held Vice President Cheney’s former congressional seat. Mary is an LGBT activist.

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

Vice President Cheney’s paternal grandfather was Thomas Herbert Cheney (the son of Samuel Fletcher Cheney and Ella/Ellen A. Phillips). Thomas was born in Ohio. Samuel was born in Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire, 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 A. Tyler and Sarah E. Swift). Margaret was born in Indiana. James was the son of Willett/Willet Tyler and Rachel Montgomery. Sarah was the daughter of Thomas Swift and Margaret Hill.

Vice President Cheney’s maternal grandfather was David Eli Dickey (the son of Alonzo “Lon” Dickey and Laura Nora Dillman). David was born in Nebraska. Edward was the son of Eli 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 Dick Cheney – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogy of Vice President Cheney’s wife Lynne Cheney – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogies of Vice President Cheney’s parents – https://www.findagrave.com

Marriage record of Vice President Cheney’s maternal grandparents, David Eli Dickey and Clarice E. Miller – https://www.familysearch.org

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