Elizabeth Dole

official U.S. Senate photo of Elizabeth Dole, c. 2003

Birth Name: Mary Elizabeth Alexander Hanford

Place of Birth: Salisbury, Rowan, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 29, 1936

Ethnicity: English, Dutch, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Elizabeth Dole is an American politician and author. A member of the Republican Party, she served as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina, from January 3, 2003 to January 3, 2009, as well as, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, from December 4, 1973 to March 9, 1979, Director of the Office of Public Liaison, from January 20, 1981 to February 7, 1983, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, from February 7, 1983 to September 30, 1987, and U.S. Secretary of Labor, from January 25, 1989 to November 23, 1990.

She was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2000.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Mary Ella (Cathey) and John Van Hanford. Elizabeth was married to politician and attorney Bob Dole, until his death. Bob was a U.S. Senator from Kansas, Senate Majority Leader, and a presidential nominee for the Republican Party.

Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather was named John Wilbur Hanford. John was born in New York.

Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother was named Emma Percus VanAlstyne. Emma was born in Minnesota, to a Dutch father.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather was Joseph Pinkney Cathey (the son of Henry Alexander Cathey and Nancy Lauria Cornelius). Elizabeth’s grandfather Joseph was born in North Carolina. Elizabeth’s great-grandfather Joseph was the son of Archibald Cathey and Mary Viney Caldwell. Nancy was the daughter of William Otha Cornelius and Lettie Asbury.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother was Cara/Cora Lee Alexander (the daughter of Junius Minton Alexander and Elizabeth Evaline McClain). Cara was born in North Carolina. Junius was the son of Levi Nelson Alexander and Hannah Malinda Lewis. Elizabeth’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry Fielding McLean/McLain and Isabella Catherine White.

Sources: Genealogy of Elizabeth Dole – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogy of Elizabeth Dole (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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