Howard Dean

Dean in 2007, image via 1photo/

Birth Name: Howard Brush Dean III

Place of Birth: East Hampton, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 17, 1948

Ethnicity: English, with smaller amounts of Irish, Scottish, French, Dutch, Danish

Howard Dean is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as Governor of Vermont, from August 14, 1991 to January 8, 2003. He has also been Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, from January 3, 1987 to August 14, 1991, and Chair of the Democratic National Committee, from February 12, 2005 to January 21, 2009.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2004.

Howard is the son of Andrée Belden (Maitland) and Howard Brush Dean, Jr. Much of his ancestry is English; many of his lines trace back to Colonial New England (Massachusetts, Connecticut) in the 1600s, and several lead to Mayflower passengers. Other ancestors include immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, France, The Netherlands, and Denmark.

Howard is married to physician Judith (Steinberg) Dean, with whom he has two children.

Howard’s paternal grandfather was Howard Brush Dean (the son of Herbert Hollingshead/Hollinshed Dean and Marion Atwater Brush). Howard’s grandfather Howard was born in New York, New York. Herbert was the son of Isaac W. Dean and Eliza Jane Richards. Marion was the daughter of Joseph Beale/Beal Brush and Sarah Southmayd/Sothmayd Atwater.

Howard’s paternal grandmother was Maria/Marie Fahys Cook (the daughter of Henry Francis Cook and Lena Marianne/Marianna Fahys). Maria was born in Sag Harbor, Suffolk, New York. Henry was the son of Henry Cook, who was English, from London, and of Eloise Augusta Huntting. Lena was born in France, the daughter of Joseph Fahys, who was from Belfort, France, and of Maria L’Hommedieu Payne, who was born in Sag Harbor.

Howard’s maternal grandfather was James William Maitland (the son of Thomas Andrew Maitland and Helen Abby/Abbie Van Voorhees/Voorhis). James was born in New York. Thomas was the son of James William Maitland, who was Scottish, and of Agnes Jane O’Reilly. Helen was the daughter of Bartow White Van Voorhees/Voorhis and Helen Tappan/Tappen.

Howard’s maternal grandmother was Sylvia Wigglesworth (the daughter of Henry Wigglesworth and Olive Gertrude Belden). Sylvia was born in New York. Henry was born in Antrim, Northern Ireland, the son of English parents, Alfred Wigglesworth and Selina Hardy. Howard’s great-grandmother Olive was the daughter of Mead Belden and Gertrude Woolson, whose mother was born in Upper Canada.

Sources: Genealogies of Howard Dean –

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