Special Report

A Quick Family History of Every US President

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Abraham Lincoln
> Heritage: English
> Birthplace Sinking Spring Farm, Kentucky
> Time in office: 1861-1865

Abraham Lincoln’s family is believed to be of English descent with Puritan or Quaker roots. The president was related to Samuel Lincoln who emigrated from Norfolk, England to New England in 1637.

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Andrew Johnson
> Heritage: Irish
> Birthplace Raleigh, North Carolina
> Time in office: 1865-1869

Andrew Johnson, the first U.S. president to be impeached, had Irish heritage. His grandfather left Mounthill, Northern Ireland, around 1750 and settled in North Carolina. His mother’s maiden name was McDonough, which suggests Celtic roots.

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Ulysses S. Grant
> Heritage: Irish
> Birthplace Point Pleasant, Ohio
> Time in office: 1869-1877

Born Hiram Ulysses Grant, the 18th president of the United States had Irish roots. Grant’s great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Simpson, was born about 1683 somewhere in Ulster. Grant’s mother, Hannah Simpson, had roots in Dergenagh, Northern Ireland. The U.S. Grant Ancestral Homestead, where the president’s great-grandfather John Simpson was born, is still in Dungannon.

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Rutherford B. Hayes
> Heritage: Scottish and English
> Birthplace Delaware, Ohio
> Time in office: 1877-1881

Rutherford B. Hayes spent much time researching and learning about his ancestors, leaving a large library of genealogy and local history books. In a diary entry from 1870, he wrote that he had always thought of himself as Scotch. He also added that, on his father’s side, he had 30 ancestors from England and two from Scotland. No one from his mother’s side was Scottish, according to Hayes.

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James Garfield
> Heritage: English
> Birthplace Moreland Hills, Ohio
> Time in office: 1881-1881

James Garfield, the second president to be assassinated, was related to Edward Garfield, who left Warwickshire, England around 1630 and immigrated to New England. Garfield was also descended from John Billingham, a Mayflower passenger.