List of U.S. political families

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During its history the United States has seen many families who have repeatedly produced notable politicians from their ranks, and these historic U.S. political families have had a significant impact on politics in the United States.

Many of these families have moved to national prominence from a state or regional power base. The Kennedys, for example, are particularly associated with Massachusetts; the Long family is identified with Louisiana, the Lees with Virginia, the Roosevelts with New York, and the Tafts with Ohio. Other political families are less connected with a specific state; the Bush family began in Ohio, but is now more closely identified with Texas, and a member of the family is the governor of Florida. Kennedy family member Maria Shriver's husband Arnold Schwarzenegger is now governor of California.

See also Political families of the world.



Here are some of the more notable families visible on a national level:

The Adamses

Main article: Adams political family

  • Samuel Adams, (1722–1803), organizer of the Boston Tea Party and signatory of the Declaration of Independence.
    • Joseph Allen, {1749–1827), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1810–1811; nephew of Samuel Adams.
      • Charles Allen, (1797–1869), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1849–1853; son of Joseph Allen.
  • John Adams, (1735–1826), first Vice President (1789–1797) and second President (1791–1801) of the United States; second cousin of Samuel Adams.
    • John Quincy Adams, (1767–1848), U.S. senator from Massachusetts, 1803–1808; U.S. Secretary of State, 1817–1825; sixth President, 1825–1829, and the first who was the son of a President; son of John Adams.
      • Charles Francis Adams, (1807–1886), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1859–1861; U.S. Ambassador to Britain, 1861–1868;, son of John Quincy Adams.

The Baldwin, Evarts, Hoar & Sherman family

Main article: Baldwin, Hoar & Sherman family

  • Roger Sherman (1721-1793), The only American citizen to sign all of the major founding documents of the United States: the Articles of Association, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. A Delegate to the Continental Congress, 1774-81, 1783-84; U.S. Representative, 1789-91; and U.S. Senator, 1791-93. Husband of Elizabeth Hartwell and Rebecca Minot Prescott, father-in-law of Samuel Hoar, Simeon Baldwin, Jeremiah Day and Jeremiah Evarts. He was the father of fifteen (15) children and the grandfather of forty-nine (49); including Roger Sherman Baldwin, George Frisbie Hoar, Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar, Sherman Day and William Maxwell Evarts.
    • Jeremiah Day, (1773-1867), Professor and president of Yale College, 1817-1846. He married Martha Sherman, one of Roger Sherman's daughters, was the brother-in-law of Simeon Baldwin, Samuel Hoar, Jeremiah Evarts and others.
    • Thomas Day, (1777-1855), Secretary of state of Connecticut, 1810-35; associate judge, County court of Hartford, Connecticut, 1815-1825; Cheif Justice, 1825-1833; President, Connecticut Historical Society, 1839-1855. Brother Jeremiah Day.
      • Sherman Day, (1806-1884), author, The Historical Collections of the State of Pennsylvania, 1843; member, California State Senate, 1855-56; U.S. Surveyor General - State of California, 1868-71; founding trustee and Professor of Mine Construction and Surveying, University of California. He was the son of Jeremiah Day (see above)
    • Simeon Baldwin, (1761-1851), U.S. Representative from Connecticut, 1803-1805; associate justice of the superior court and of the supreme court of errors, 1807-1817. Married Roger Sherman's daughter Elizabeth Sherman, then her sister Rebecca Sherman married him after Elizabeth's death. Father of Roger Sherman Baldwin, uncle of Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar, George Frisbie Hoar, and William Maxwell Evarts; grandfather of Simeon Eben Baldwin.
      • Simeon Baldwin Chittenden, (1814-1889), U.S. Representative from New York, 1873-1880.
      • Roger Sherman Baldwin, (1793-1863), Governor of Connecticut 1844-48; U.S. Senator from Connecticut 1847-51. Successfully defended the Amistad Captives, with co-council of former U.S. President John Quincy Adams, at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1841. Married Emily Pitkin Perkins; father of Simeon Eben Baldwin, son of Simeon Baldwin, grandson of Roger Sherman and grandfather of Edward Baldwin Whitney.
      • Henry Alexander Baldwin, (1871-1946), President, Alexander & Baldwin; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1912, 1920; chairman, Maui County Republican Party, 1912-44; member, Hawaii territorial senate, 1913-21, 1934-37; Delegate, U.S. Congress from Hawaii Territory, 1922-23; member, Hawaii territorial House of Representatives, 1933. He was the son of Hawaiian missionaires (sent my Jeremiah Evarts) Henry Perrine and Emily Whitney (Alexander) Baldwin
  • Dwight Foster Sr., (1757-1823) Brother of Theodore Foster. Judge, State Court in Massachusetts, 1781; member, Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1791; member, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1793-1800; U.S. Senator, Massachusetts, 1800-03. Father of Dwight Foster Jr.
    • Dwight Foster Jr., (1828-1884), member, Skull & Bones, 1848; Massachusetts state attorney general, 1861-64; justice of Massachusetts state supreme court, 1866-69. Married Roger Sherman Baldwin's daughter Henrietta Perkins Baldwin
      • Timothy Dwight V, (1828–1916), member, Skull & Bones 1849; Professor, Sacred Literature, Yale College; editor, New Englander, 1866–74; President, Yale College 1886-1898; author; Thoughts of and for the Inner Life, 1899; and Memories of Yale Life and Men, 1903. Married Jane Wakeman Skinner, the granddaughter of Roger Sherman's daughter Chloe Sherman Skinnner and he was also the grandson of Yale College President Timothy Dwight IV, 1752–1817.
    • Millicent Fenwick, (1910-1992), write, Vogue Magazine (14 years); member, Board of Education, Bernardsville, New Jersey, 1938-1947; Councilwoman, Borough of Bernardsville, New Jersey, 1958-1964, New Jersey delegate, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1958-1974; member, New Jersey General Assembly, 1970-1973; director, New Jersey Consumer Affairs Department, 1973-1974; elected US Congress when she was 64, ran for New Jersey US Senate seat, was defeated, US Ambassador, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, 1983-1987. She was the great-great-great-granddaughter of John Stevens; great-great-great-great-granddaughter of John Bayard; great-granddaughter of US Senator Nathaniel Wolfe; daughter of US Ambassador Ogden Haggerty Hammond and Mary Picton Stevens Hammond; second cousin of US Senator Archibald S. Alexander. Her sister Sophie Vernon Hammond married Roger Sherman Baldwin's son Dr. Burnside Foster.
      • Henry Hotchkiss Townsend, (1874-1953), 1st Ward Alderman, New Haven, CT; President, New Haven Board of Aldermen; Chairman, New Haven Building Lines Commission & New Haven Corporation Counsel. Successfully challenge the U.S. Constitution's 16th Amendment in front of the U. S. Supreme Court, (re: right to deduct from state taxes). First client -- Oakley (Annie Oakley) vs. Associated Press
    • Edward Everett Hale, (1822–1909), Chaplain, U.S. Senate 1903-1909; pastor, Worcester, MA (1842–56); pastor, Boston, MA (1856–1903). He was the grandnephew of Nathan Hale, and the nephew Roger Sherman & Emily Pitkin Perkins Baldwin, brother of (Charles Perkins) was the father Edward Everett Hale's wife Emily Perkins. (His sister Joanna married Colonel Edmund Quincy and his son Samuel Hoar married Roger Sherman's daughter Sarah Sherman....see below)
  • Leonard Hoar (1630-1675), early American clergyman and educator. President, Harvard College, 1672- 1675.
  • John Adams, (1735-1826), Delegate, Continental Congress from Massachusetts, 1774-78; signer, Declaration of Independence, 1776; U.S. Minister, Netherlands, 1781-88; U.S. Minister, Great Britain, 1785-88; Vice President, United States, 1789-97; President, United States, 1797-1801; delegate, Massachusetts state constitutional convention, 1820. (Colonel Edmund Quincy married Joanna Hoar (sister of Leonard Hoar), their son Daniel Quincy married Anna Shephard, their son John Quincy married Elizabeth Norton, their daughter Elizabeth Quincy married Reverend William Smith and their daughter Abigail Smith married John Adams.)
      • John Quincy Adams, (1767-1848), U.S. Minister, Netherlands, 1794-97; U.S. Minister, Prussia, 1797-1801; U.S. Minister, Russia, 1809-14; U.S. Minister, Great Britain, 1815-17; member, Massachusetts state senate, 1802; US Senator, Massachusetts, 1803-08; US Secretary of State, 1817-25; President, United States, 1825-29; US Representative, Massachusetts, 1831-48 (11th District 1831-33, 12th District 1833-43, 8th District 1843-48); died in office 1848; candidate, Governor of Massachusetts, 1834.
    • Samuel Hoar, (1778-1856), Massachusetts politician. He married Roger Sherman's daughter Sarah Sherman. Father of Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar and George Frisbie Hoar, brother-in-law of Simeon Baldwin and the grandfather of Rockwood Hoar and Sherman Hoar.
      • George Frisbie Hoar, (1826-1904), United States Senator from Massachusetts, 1877-1904. Married Mary Louisa Spurr, and after Mary's death he married Ruth Miller in 1862. Son of Samuel Hoar; brother of Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar; father of Rockwood Hoar and the uncle of Sherman Hoar.
        • Rockwood Hoar, (1855-1906), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 3rd District, 1905-06. He married Caroline Prescott Wood. Son of George Frisbie Hoar, grandson of Samuel Hoar, nephew of Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar and the great-grandson of Roger Sherman. Rockwood Hoar Papers (
      • Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar, (1816-1895), Justice of the Massachusetts State Supreme Court ( 1859-69; Attorney General of the United States, 1869-1870; Married to Caroline Downes Brooks. Son of Samuel Hoar, brother of George Frisbie Hoar, father of Sherman Hoar and uncle of Rockwood Hoar
        • Sherman Hoar, (1860-1898), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, U.S. District Attorney for Massachusetts. Son of Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar, grandson of Samuel Hoar, nephew of George Frisbie Hoar.
          • Roger Sherman Hoar, (1887-1963) - Former state senator and Assistant Attorney General for the State of Massachusetts, became a major force behind the enactment of Employee Unemployment Benefits; taught mathematics and engineering; invented of a system for aiming large guns by aligning them with stars, author of articles on US constitutional and patent law. For fiction writing he used the pen name Ralph Milne Farley (, authoring books such as: “The Radio Man Series,”“The Revenge of the Great White Lodge,” and "The Man Who Could Turn Back the Clock."
            • General Joseph P. Hoar, (1934- ), US Commander in Chief, Central Command, 1991-2005; Lieutenant General, 1990-1991; US Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies and Operations, 1990; Major General & Chief of Staff, US Commander in Chief, Central Command, 1988-1990; Assistant US Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Administration, US Marines, 1984-1988; Second Lieutenant, Marine Corps, 1957.
    • Jeremiah Evarts, (1781-1831), editor of The Panoplist, 1810-1820; delegate, Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1932; Treasurer, American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM), 1812-1820; Secretary 1821-1831. Wrote twenty-four essays on the rights of Indians under the pen name of "William Penn."Evarts married Mehitabel Sherman, a daughter of Roger Sherman, who were the parents of William Maxwell Evarts.
    • Allen Wardner, (1786-1841), Vermont state treasurer, 1837-38; President, Ascutney Bank, 1814-1834. Father of William Maxwell Evarts's wife Helen Minerva (Bingham) Wardner.
      • William Maxwell Evarts, (1818-1901), member, Skull & Bones 1837; United States Attorney General, 1868-1869; Chief Counsel for President Andrew Johnson during his 1868 impeachment; Secretary of State of the United States, 1877-1881; US Senator, New York, 1885-1891; Married Helen Minerva (Bingham) Wardner. Grandson of Roger Sherman.
      • Edward Franklin Bingham, (1828-1907), member, Ohio state house of representatives, 1856-57; judge, Ohio common pleas court, 1873-87; justice, District of Columbia Supreme Court, 1887-1903. Married Melinda Caperton.
      • George Azro Bingham, (1826-1895), delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1860; justice, New Hampshire State Supreme Court, 1876-80, 1884-91.
      • George Hutchins Bingham, (1864-1949), justice, New Hampshire State Supreme Court, 1902-13; Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit, 1913-39; Son of George Azro Bingham and Eliza I. (Woods) Bingham; married Cordelia Pearmain Hinckley
      • Hiram Bingham III, (1875-1956), explorer; delegate, Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 1916 (alternate), 1920 (alternate), 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936; Lieutenant Governor, State of Connecticut, 1923-25; U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1924-33; Governor of Connecticut, 1925; censured by the U.S. Senate on November 4, 1929, for employing a paid lobbyist as his own chief clerk. Discovered the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Grandson of jeweler Charles Lewis Tiffany.
        • Hiram Bingham IV Vice Consul, France - Marseilles, during World War II, rescued over 2,500 Jews from the Holocaust by granting US visas to Jews fleeing from the French as Nazi forces. Great-grandson of famed jeweler Charles Lewis Tiffany.
        • Evarts Worcester Farr, (1840-1880) Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; lawyer; alternate delegate, Republican National Convention, New Hampshire, 1868; assessor, Internal Revenue, 1869-1873; solicitor, Grafton County, 1873-1879; member, New Hampshire Governor's Council, 1876; member, U.S. House of Representative, New Hampshire, 1879-80.
        • Charles C. Beaman, (1840-1900) was a lawyer, graduated from Harvard, 1861; Harvard Law School, 1864; U.S. Solicitor General, before the Alabama Claims Commission in Geneva; counsel, Washington, D.C.; corresponding secretary, Association of the Bar, New York City, 1885-1886; Senior Partner, Evarts, Choate & Beaman. William Maxwell Evarts' son-in-law, married Hettie Sherman Evarts.
      • Henry Sherman Boutell, (1856-1926), member, Illinois State house of representatives, 1884-1885; 1897-1911; Chairman, Committee on Expenditures, U.S. Department of the Navy; trustee of Northwestern University, 1899-1911; Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Portugal, 1911; to Switzerland, 1911-1913; Professor, U.S. Constitutional Law, Georgetown University, 1914-1923. Son of Lewis Henry Boutell and Anna Greene.
    • Elijah Boardman, (1760-1823), member of the Continental Army, Revolutionary War; member, Connecticut state house of representatives, 1803-05, 1816; member, Connecticut state senate at-large, 1819-20; U.S. Senator, Connecticut, 1821-23. Father of William Whiting Boardman.
    • Roger Minot Sherman, (1773-1844) Judge, Connecticut Superior Court, 1839-42. The youngest son of Roger Sherman's brother Josiah Sherman, and he later married Elizabeth Gould. Roger Minott Sherman Papers (
      • Henry DeForest Baldwin, (1862-1947), member, Skull & Bones 1885; Queens County Water Company, President, 08-25, Chairman 22-23, member, New York City Charter Committee; partner, Lord, Day & Lord, 1900 -; Assistant Corporate Counsel, 1895-98, The City & Boroughs of New York; Council of Foreign Relations. He was the son of Simeon III and Ann Mehetable De Forest, first cousin of Roger Sherman Baldwin.
      • Henry Baldwin Harrison, (1821-1901), Speaker of the Connecticut house of representatives, 1883; Governor of Connecticut, 1885-87.
      • Henry Baldwin Hyde, (1859-1899), chairman & founder, The Equitable Life Assurance Society. The first shareholder-based American life insurance company. Henry Baldwin Hyde and Lucy Baldwin were the parents of James Hazen Hyde.
    • Andrew Taylor Sherman, (1821-1901), United States Commissioner at Chicago, 1857-1864; Justices of the Peace, Genesee, WI, 1874-1882; President, Wilmette, WI of the Village Board; Postmaster, House of Representatives of Illinois, 1865; founder & President, A. T. Sherman & Company (banking)
    • Richard Updike Sherman, (1819-1895), newspaper editor, New York politician. Father of James Schoolcraft Sherman.
    • Oliver Phelps, (1749-1809) Member of New York state legislature, 1800-1802; U.S. Representative from New York, 1803-05. Married James Sherman's (son of Roger Sherman) daughter Betsey Law (Sherman) Phelps.

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Ewing & Sherman Website -

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The Bayhs

Main article: Bayh family

The Blairs

The Borens

Main Article: Boren family

The Browns

Main article: Brown family

(The Browns are not related to Willie Brown, former Mayor of San Francisco, California and former Speaker of the California State Assembly.)

The Bushes

Main article: Bush family

David Davis, (1815-1886) Son-in-law of William P. Walker; cousin of Henry Winter Davis; great-grandfather of David Davis IV; first cousin thrice removed of George Herbert Walker Bush. Republican. Member of Illinois state house of representatives, 1845; delegate to Illinois state constitutional convention McLean County, 1847; state court judge in Illinois, 1848; delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1860; Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, 1862-77; received one electoral vote for President, 1872; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1877-83.

William P. Walker, (1778-1858) Father-in-law of both Julius Rockwell and David Davis. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives; member of Massachusetts state senate; member of Massachusetts Governor's Council; probate judge in Massachusetts, 1824-48.

Julius Rockwell, (1805-1888) Son-in-law of William P. Walker; father of Francis Williams Rockwell. Republican. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1834; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 7th District, 1843-51; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1854-55; candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1855; state court judge in Massachusetts, 1859.

Francis Williams Rockwell, (1844-1929) Son of Julius Rockwell. Republican. State court judge in Massachusetts, 1873; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1879; member of Massachusetts state senate, 1881; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 12th District, 1884-91.

  • Samuel P. Bush (1863–1948), a close advisor to President Hoover, was president of the National Association of Manufacturers; chief of the Ordinance, Small Arms and Ammunition Section of the War Industries Board 1918-23; President, Buckeye Casting; Director, Federal Reserve - Cleveland. father of Prescott Bush.
    • Prescott Bush (1895–1972), (Skull & Bones-1917) U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1952–1963; father of George H.W. Bush.
      • George H. W. Bush (b. 1924), (Skull & Bones-1947) U.S. Representative from Texas, 1967–1971; Ambassador to the United Nations, 1971–1973; Director of the CIA, chairman of the Republican National Committee, 1973–1974; 43rd Vice President (1981–1989), and 41st President (1989–1993); father of George W. Bush and Jeb Bush.
      • Prescott Bush Jr., served as chairman of the U.S.-China Chamber of Commerce.
      • Chief Judge John Mercer Walker, Jr. (b. 1940), Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; former State counsel, Republic of Botswana, Africa-Asia Public Service Fellowship, 1966-1968; Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, Southern District of New York, 1970-1975; Private practice, 1975-1981; Assistant Treasury Secretary, 1981-1985; Special Counsel, Administrative Conference of the United States, 1987-1992; nominated by President Ronald Reagan for a judgeship on the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where he served from 1985 to 1989; nominated by President George H. W. Bush for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, serving from 1989 - present; made the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in October 2000. Yale University undergraduate and Law School.
      • Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, (b. 1944) U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; nominated by President George H.W. Bush, for the vacating seat of Spencer M. Williams; and received his commission, November 1989; made Chief Judge, 2004; University of Michigan Undergraduate, Stanford University Law School.
      • George Herbert Walker III (, (b. 1931) (Skull & Bones-1953) the current US Ambassador to Hungary, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Stifel Financial and Stifel, Nicolaus (Brokers), 1978-1992. He served as Chairman from 1982-2001. Director of Laidlaw Corporation and Western-Southern Life Insurance Company.
      • Craig R. Stapleton ( (b. 1945), appointed as Ambassador to France on April 13th, 2005; former Ambassador to the Czech Republic, 2001-04; President of Marsh & McLennan Real Estate Advisors, the leasing unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies, 1982-2001. When George Walker Bush's (Skull & Bones-1968) brother Stephen A. Schwarzman (Skull & Bones-1969) (CEO of the Blackstone Group) acquired CUC and merged it into HFS, Stapleton was CUC's designated director for the new firms. He was also one of President Bush's partners in the Texas Rangers professional baseball team. He is married to Dorothy "Doro" WALKER Stapleton, who's father Louis Walker was once an agent for the CIA.
        • Christie Todd Whitman, (b. 1946) candidate for the New Jersey US Senate, but was narrowly defeated by incumbent Senator Bill Bradley, 1990; Former New Jersey Governor, 1994-2001; former Bush EPA Administrator, 2001-03. (Christie's brother Webster B. Todd married George Bush's first cousin Sheila O'Keefe. Christie's first nephew was named William Walker Todd, after Sheila's father James Wear Walker.)

The Byrds and Floods

  • Henry D. Flood (1865–1921), U.S. Representative from Virginia, 19011921.
  • Joel W. Flood (1894–1964), U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1932–1933; brother of Henry D. Flood and uncle of Harry Byrd Sr.
    • Harry F. Byrd Sr. (1887–1966), Governor of Virginia, 19261930; Vice Chair of the Democratic Party, 1929; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1932; U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1933–1965; nominee for President of the States Rights Party, 1956; received 15 electoral votes for President, 1960; nephew of Henry D. Flood and Joel West Flood, father of Harry Byrd, Jr.
      • Harry F. Byrd Jr. (b.1914), U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1965–1983; son of Harry F. Byrd Sr.

(The Virginia Byrds are not related to Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia)

The Carnahans

The Carrolls

The Carrolls of Maryland were a very active family during the early history of the United States

The Celebrezzes

The Churches and Clarks

The Clintons and Rodhams

The Cornings

The Crowninshields

Main article: Crowninshield family

The Cuomos

Main article: Cuomo Family

The D'Alesandros

The Daleys

Main article: Daley family

Two members of the Daley family served as Mayor of Chicago, between them ruling the city for more than a third of a century.

The DeWines

The Dingells

The Dodds

The Doles

  • Bob Dole (b. 1923), U.S. Representative from Kansas, 1961–1969; U.S. Senator from Kansas, 1969–1997; Chairman of Republican National Committee, 1971–1973; Republican nominee for Vice President, 1976; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1980 and 1988; Republican nominee for President, 1996.
  • Elizabeth Dole (b. 1936), U.S. Secretary of Transportation, 1983–1987; U.S. Secretary of Labor, 1989–1990; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 2000; U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 2003-; wife of Bob Dole.

The Dulleses

Main article: Dulles family

The du Ponts

Main article: du Pont family; also see du Pont company

The du Pont immigrant to the United States, Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739–1817) was deputy of the Third Estate to the Estates-General of 1789 for the region of Nemours in France. The du Pont political dynasty is based on the family's manufacturing empire in Delaware.

The Eisenhowers

Main article: Eisenhower family

The Feltons

Main article: Felton family

The Frelinghuysens

The Fergusons

The Gilligans and the Sebeliuses

Main articles: Gilligan family and Sebelius family

The Gores

Main article: Gore family

Writer Gore Vidal has asserted that his grandfather, Thomas Pryor Gore, was related to the Al Gores of Tennessee, but no such relationship has been proven.

The Hagans

The Harlans

The Harrisons

Main article: Harrison family The Harrisons are related by marriage to the Lees, Washingtons, and Randolphs of Virginia.

  • Benjamin Harrison V (1726–1791), delegate to the Continental Congress from Virginia, 1774; signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, 1776; Governor of Virginia, 1782–1784.
    • Carter Bassett Harrison (1758–1808), U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1793–1799; son of Benjamin V and brother of William Henry.
    • William Henry Harrison (1773–1841), Governor of Indiana Territory, 1801–1812; U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1816–1819; U.S. Senator from Ohio, 1825–1828; U.S. Minister to Gran Colombia, 1828–1829; Whig party nominee for President, 1836; 9th President, 1841; son of Benjamin Harrison V, brother of Carter Bassett Harrison, cousin of Beverly Randolph.
      • John Scott Harrison (1804–1878), U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1853–1857; son of William Henry Harrison.
        • Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901), general in the Union Army during Civil War; U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1881–1887; 23rd President, 1889–1893; grandson of William Henry Harrison the elder and son of John Scott Harrison, grandfather of William Henry Harrison the younger.
            • William Henry Harrison (1896–1990), U.S. Representative from Wyoming, 1951–1955 and 1961–1965 and 1967–1969; grandson of Benjamin Harrison.
    • Beverly Randolph (1754–1797), Governor of Virginia, 1788–1791; nephew of Benjamin Harrison V.
    • Burwell Bassett (1764–1841), U.S. Representative from Virginia, first cousin of William Henry Harrison and nephew by marriage of George Washington.
      • Carter Harrison, Sr. (1825–1893), U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1875–1879; Mayor of Chicago, 1879–1887 and in 1893; first cousin (once removed) to Carter Bassett and William Henry Harrison, father of Carter Henry Harrison, Jr..
        • Carter Harrison, Jr. (1860–1953), Mayor of Chicago, 1897–1905 and 1911–1915; son of John Scott Harrison.

The Hearsts

The Hiesters and Muhlenbergs

Main article: Hiester Family/Muhlenberg Family

The Houghtons

The Houghtons are heirs to the Corning glass fortune.

The Humphreys

  • Hubert H. Humphrey Jr. (1911–1978), mayor of Minneapolis, 1945–1948; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 1949–1964 and 1971–1978; 38th Vice President, 1965–1969; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1960 and 1972; Democratic nominee for President, 1968.
  • Muriel Humphrey (1912–1998), appointed to the U.S. Senate upon Hubert Jr.'s death in 1978 to complete his term; wife of Hubert Humphrey Jr.
    • Hubert H. "Skip" Humphrey III (b. 1942), attorney general of Minnesota, 1983–1999, candidate for governor, 1998; son of Hubert and Muriel Humphrey.

The Hutchinsons

The Johnsons

  • Lyndon B. Johnson (1908–1973), U.S. Representative from Texas, 1937–1941 and 1942–1949; U.S. Senator from Texas, 1948–1961; Senate Majority Leader, 1954–1961; Vice President, 1961–1963; 36th President, 1963–1969; father-in-law of Charles S. Robb.

The Kennedys

Main article: Kennedy family

Some commentators in the early 1960s made predictions that President John F. Kennedy would be first of a dynasty in the White House, but these predictions were not borne out, and the idea largely dropped off the public's radar after Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 and Edward Kennedy was involved in a drunk-driving incident (in which a passenger in his car was killed) in 1969. However, a number of Kennedy family members have held high office since then.

The Kennedys have also made marriages with political figures:

The La Follettes

Main article: La Follette family

  • [common grandparent of Robert Sr. and William (presumably paternal grandfather named La Follette)]

The Landrieus

The Lees

Main article: Lee family

The Lees of Virginia are related by marriage to the Washingtons, Randolphs, and Harrisons, as well as other prominent political families:

The Levins

  • Theodore Levin (1897–1970), federal judge; father of Charles and Joseph.
    • Charles Levin (b. 1926), justice of Michigan State Supreme Court, 1973–1996; son of Theodore.
    • Joseph Levin (b. ?), candidate for U.S. representative from Michigan; son of Theodore and brother of Charles.
  • Saul Levin (?-?), U.S. Ambassador to Honduras; brother of Theodore.
    • Carl Levin (b. 1934), U.S. senator from Michigan, 1979-; son of Saul and brother of Sander.
    • Sander Levin (b. 1931), U.S. representative from Michigan, 1983–2003; son of Saul and brother of Carl.

The Lodges and Cabots

The Cabots and Lodges were relatives by marriage of the Adams family.

  • George Cabot (1752–1823), U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1791–1796.
        • Henry Cabot Lodge (1850–1924), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1887–1893; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1893–1924; great-grandson of George Cabot.
            • Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (1902–1985), U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1937–1944 and 1947–1953; Colonel in the Army during World War II; Ambassador to the UN, 1953–1960; Republican nominee for Vice President, 1960; Ambassador to Vietnam, 1963–1964 and 1965–1967; Ambassador to Germany, 1968–1969; candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 1964; grandson of Henry Cabot Lodge and brother of John Davis Lodge.
            • John Davis Lodge (1903–1985), professional actor, 1933–1940; U.S. Representative from Connecticut, 1947–1951; governor of Connecticut, 1951–1955; U.S Ambassador to Spain, 1955–1961; Ambassador to Argentina, 1969–1973; Ambassador to Switzerland, 1983–1985; grandson of Henry Cabot Lodge and brother of Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.

The Longs

Main article: Long family

  • George Long (1883–1958), U.S. Representative from Louisiana, 1953–1958; brother of Huey Long and Earl Long.
  • Huey Long (1893–1935), Governor of Louisiana, 1928–1932; U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 1932–1935; assassinated in 1935; husband of Rose McConnell Long, brother of George and Earl Long.
  • Rose McConnell Long (1892–1970), U.S. senator from Louisiana, 1936–1937; wife of Huey Long.
    • Russell B. Long (b. 1918), U.S. senator from Louisiana, 1948–1987; son of Huey and Rose Long.
  • Earl Long (1895–1960), Governor of Louisiana, 1939–1940, 1948–1952, 1956–1960; brother of Huey and George Long.
    • Gillis Long (1923–1985), U.S. Representative from Louisiana, 1963–1965 and 1973–1985; cousin of Russell and Speedy Long, husband of Catherine.
    • Catherine Small Long (b. 1924), U.S. Representative from Louisiana, 1985–1987; wife of Gillis Long.
    • Speedy Oteria Long (b. 1928), U.S. Representative from Louisiana, 1965–1973; cousin of Gillis and Russell Long.

The MacArthurs

The Metzenbaums and Hyatts

The Murkowskis

Main article: Murkowski family

  • Frank Murkowski (b. 1933), U.S Senator from Alaska, 1981–2002; Governor of Alaska, 2002-; father of Lisa Murkowski.
    • Lisa Murkowski (b. 1957), Alaska state representative; U.S. senator from Alaska, 2002-; daughter of Frank.

The Peckhams

The Popes

Main article: Pope family The following are members of the Pope family in no particular order:

  • William Pope Duval, (1784–1854), first governor of Florida Territory.
  • John Pope, (1770–1845), brother of Nathaniel, U.S. Senator from Kentucky, Governor of Arkansas Territory, U.S. Representative from Kentucky
  • Nathaniel Pope, (1784–1850), brother of John, Delegate and Secretary of Illinois Territory, U.S. District judge in Illinois.
    • John Pope(1822–1892), son of Nathaniel, U.S. Soldier, Union General in the Civil War.
    • Daniel Pope Cook, (1794–1827), nephew of Nathaniel and John, newspaper editor, Attorney General and U.S. Representative from Illinois

The Powells

Main article: Powell family

The Riffes

The Rockefellers and Aldriches

Main article: Rockefeller family

  • William Aldrich (1820–1885), U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1877–1883; cousin of Nelson Aldrich and father of James Aldrich.
  • Nelson Aldrich (1841–1915), U.S. Representative from Rhode Island, 1879–1881; U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, 1881–1911. Cousin of William Aldrich and father of Richard Aldrich, grandfather of Nelson A. Rockefeller and Winthrop Rockefeller, great grandfather of John D. Rockefeller IV and Win Rockefeller.
    • Richard S. Aldrich (1884–1941), U.S. Representative from Rhode Island, 1923–1933; son of Nelson Aldrich, uncle of Nelson A. Rockefeller and Winthrop Rockefeller.
      • Nelson A. Rockefeller (1908–1979), Governor of New York, 1959–1973; candidate for Republican nomination for President, 1964 and 1968; Vice-President, 1974–1977; brother of Winthrop Rockefeller.
      • Winthrop Rockefeller (1912–1973), Governor of Arkansas, 1967–1971; brother of Nelson A. Rockefeller and father of Win Rockefeller.
        • Jay Rockefeller (John D. Rockefeller, IV) (b. 1937), Secretary of State of West Virginia, 1969–1972; Governor of West Virginia, 1977–1985; U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1985-; great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller and nephew of Nelson Rockefeller.
      • Charles Percy (b. 1919), U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1967–1985; father-in-law of Jay Rockefeller.
        • Mark Dayton (b. 1947), U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 2001–2007; brother-in-law of Jay Rockefeller.
        • Win Rockefeller (b. 1948), Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, 1999–2005; candidite for governor, 2006; son of Winthrop Rockefeller.

The Romneys

Main article: Romney family

The Roosevelts

Main article: Roosevelt family

The Sheppards and Macks

The Shrivers

The Stevensons

Main article: Stevenson family

The Stevensons of Illinois have produced a number of important political figures:

The Talmadges

The Tafts

Main article: Taft family

Kingsley A. Taft (1903–1970), U.S. senator from Ohio, 1946–1947; justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, 1948–1970; is an 8th cousin to Robert A. "Bob" Taft II. Their common ancestor is Robert Taft, who was born in England in 1640.

The Udalls

Main article: Udall family

The Udalls of Arizona are a politically notable family in the West, among them

The Van Rensselaers

The Van Rensselaers are a wealthy and politically notable family centered in Albany, New York.

See also

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