Thursday, December 2, 2010


Barack Obama is the first African-American to be elected President of the United States with his wife Michelle Robinson Obama being the first African-American to become First Lady. Before being elected President, Obama was the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the first African-American to head up the Harvard Law Review. Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His parents were Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. and Stanley Ann Durham. On his father's side, Obama is descended from a line of tribal chiefs from Kenya. His father was attending the East-West Institute at the University of Hawaii as a visiting student when he met Obama's mother. After a short marriage, his father returned to Kenya and his mother remarried to Lolo Soetoro and moved to Indonesia. From his mother's second marriage, Barack Obama as a half sister, Maya Soetoro. After living in Indonesia briefly, Obama returned to Hawaii where he was primarily raised by his grandparents on his mother's side, Stanley Armour Dunham and Madelyn Lee Payne. On his mother's side, Obama shares a common descent from Samuel Hinckley with President George W. Bush (his 11th cousin). Obama also shares a common descent from Philip Arment and Maria Elizabeth Schmidt with former President Lyndon Johnson *his 4th cousin). Obama also shares a common descent from Michael Gutknecht with former President Harry Truman (his 7th cousin). Obama also shares a common descent from Adriian Gordy with former President Jimmy Carter (his 8th cousin), Obama also shares a common descent from Joseph Holley with former President Gerald Ford (his 10th cousin). Obama also shares a common descent from Richard FitzAlan, Earl of Arundel, and Elizabeth Bohun, with former Presidents Franklin Rooseelt, John Quincy Adams, james Madison, and Zachary Taylor. From this line, President Obama is descended from English Royalty. With former presidents George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Theodore Rooseelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Woodrow Wilson, Zachary Taylor, John Tyler, and Jimmy Carter, Obama shares a common descent from King Edward I of England, King Henry III of England, King John Lackland of England, King Henry II of England, King Henry I of England, King William I of England (i.e. William "the Conqueror"0, Count Baldwin of Flanders and his daughter Matilda, Kinng Robert Capet I of France, King Louis I of France, and Charlemagne. Obama also shares a common descent with former President George Washington with Halfdan, King of Denmark and Sweden and Woden Oden. Obama also shares a common descent through Richard Eltonhead with Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain. One of his earliest known ancestors in America on his mother's side is believed to have been the first African-American slave in American. His name was John Punch and he was initially brought as a black indentured servant to colonial Virginia. After he ran away from the person he was indentured to, however, when he was captured in Maryland and sent back to Virginia the court declared that his indenture thereafter was to be for life (i.e. thus becoming a slave). His mother's ancestors from John Punch, as a result of his marrying a white wife, were considered as whites, however, and eventually migrated to the midwest, with his mother being from Wichita, Kansas. For a detailed family tree of his father's side, see For a detailed family tree of his mother's side, see
President Obama as a young boy with his mother, Stanley Ann Durham.

President Obama's father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr.
Barack Obama with his wife Michelle and children.
President Obama with his sister Maya Soetoro in Hawaii.


George W. Bush was the first business school graduate to be elected President. Before being elected President, he was Governor of Texas and before that the managing partner of the Texas Rangers professional baseball team. He is the second son of a President to also be elected President as was his father, with the first father-son combination being John Adams and John Quincy Adams. George W. Bush was born July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut. His parents are President Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Pierce. Along with his father, George W. Bush is descended from Charlemagne, William "the Conqueror", and numerous English kings, as well as sharing a common Spencer ancestry with President George Washington, Princess Diana and Sir Winston Churchill. Along with his father, George W. Bush shares a common descent from John Warren with President James Garfield. His grandfather on his father's side, Prescott Sheldon Bush, was an investment banker and a U.S. Senator. His great-grandfather, Samuel Prescott Bush, was President of Buckeye Steel Castings in Columbus, Ohio. As a result of supplying steel parts for the many railroads that the Harriman family owned, the Bush family became close to the Harriman family with Prescott Sheldon Bush going to work in investment banking with Averell Harriman as President of Brown Brothers Harrisman and Company in New York City. Another great-grandfather, George Herbert Walker, helped organize the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair as well as the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Walker Cup golf matches. George W. Bush shares a common descent from Samuel Hinckley, an early New England settlers, with President Barack Obama. For a detailed family tree, see


William Jefferson Clinton, known as Bill, was the first President to be a Rhodes Scholar. He was also the second President to have articles of impeachment issued against him by the U.S. House of Representatives, though he was acquitted by the U.S. Senate. During his two-term presidency, he presided over one of the most prosperous eras in U.S. history. Later, his wife Hillary Clinton, would run for President and, after being defeated by Barack Obama in the Democratic Party primary election, was appointed Secretary of State. In addition to being highly ranked as having two successful terms as President, Bill Clinton is viewed as having one of the most successful post-presidencies of any ex-U.S. President. Bill Clinton was born on August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas three months after his father died in a car accident. His parents were William Jefferson Blythe and Virginia Dell Cassidy. His oldest traceable ancestors are his great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather Ephraim Farr who died in North Carolina in 1784 and his great-great-great-great-great grandfather Bryan Spradley who was born in Virginia around 1737. Another early ancestor was Adam Lockhart who was born on September 6, 1765 in Princess Anne County, Virginia. For a detailed family tree of his mother's side of the family, see