Tom Cotton

official U.S. Senate photo of Tom Cotton c. 2015

Birth Name: Thomas Bryant Cotton

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

Date of Birth: May 13, 1977

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish, distant German

Tom Cotton is an American politician. A Republican, he has served as a U.S. Senator from Arkansas, since January 3, 2015. He previously served as a United States Representative from Arkansas, from January 3, 2013 to January 3, 2015.

Tom is the son of Avis, a school teacher and principal, and Thomas Leonard Cotton, who worked for the Arkansas Department of Health. Tom is married to Anna Peckham, with whom he has two children.

Tom’s paternal grandfather is Thomas James Cotton, Jr. (the son of Thomas James Cotton and Myrtle Frances Love). Tom’s grandfather Thomas Cotton was born in Arkansas. Tom’s great-grandfather Thomas was the son of Leonard Ryan Cotton and Sarah Jane Hurt. Myrtle was the daughter of David Crockett Love and Anna Elizabeth Keeton.

Tom’s paternal grandmother is Selma Lorraine Cowger (the daughter of Charles Henry Cowger and Cora Nevada Smith). Selma was born in Arkansas. Charles was the son of Jacob Henry Cowger and Elizabeth M. Holland. Cora was the daughter of Elisha/Elijah Green Smith and Martha J.

Tom’s maternal grandfather is Posie Herbert Bryant (the son of Samuel Homer Bryant and Sarah Ellen Farrow). Posie was born in Arkansas. Samuel was the son of Thomas J. Bryant and Mary Jane Walpole. Sarah was the daughter of Posie Farrow and Susie/Susan Ann Meredith.

Tom’s maternal grandmother is Tressie Faye Hoggard (the daughter of James Daniel “Dan” Hogard and Hixie Carruth Germany). Tressie was born in Arkansas. James was the son of James Caruthers Hoggard and Martha Elizabeth Reed. Hixie was the daughter of James/John Madison Alexander Germany and Sarah “Sallie” Elizabeth Hamilton.

Sources: Genealogy of Tom Cotton –

Genealogy of Tom Cotton (focusing on his father’s side) –

Tom’s maternal grandmother, Tressie Faye Hoggard, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

11 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Cotton and John Nance Garner are evidently related through their shared Walpole line.

    • andrew says:

      They are second cousins, twice removed, trough shared ancestors Charles Harrison Walpole and Frances Parker Clements, who were Garner’s paternal great-grandparents and Cotton’s maternal 3rd great-grandparents.

  2. CupcakeFrosting says:

    He looks like he’s mixed with something. Due to being from Arkansas, probably black or Native American.

  3. Preservationist says:

    Middle name is “Bryant”. I wonder if there is any connection to the activist and one time singer Anita?

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