A Quick Family History of Every US President

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William J. Clinton
> Heritage: English and possibly Irish
> Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas
> Time in office: 1993-2001

Bill Clinton’s ancestry is English. His heritage may contain Irish elements, though the link has not been definitely proven. Clinton’s potential Irish ancestry is through his mother, Virginia Dell Cassidy, whose ancestors have been traced back to Zachariah Cassidy. Zachariah’s father is thought to have been Irish who emigrated from Ulster.

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George W. Bush
> Heritage: Irish
> Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut
> Time in office: 2001-2009

As the son of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, George W. Bush has the same English and Irish heritage.

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Barack Obama
> Heritage: African and Irish
> Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
> Time in office: 2009-2017

America’s first Black president, Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. His father was born in Kenya. Obama said in 2008: “I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas.” Obama has a great-great-great-grandfather from Moneygall, Offaly County, Ireland.

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Donald Trump
> Heritage: German and Scottish
> Birthplace: New York City
> Time in office: 2017 – 2021

Donald Trump’s grandparents on his father’s side were German immigrants. His grandfather, Friedrich Trump, came to the U.S. when he was 16. He married a woman who happened to be from his hometown of Kallstadt, Germany. Donald Trump’s mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born in Scotland. She immigrated to New York in 1930.

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Joe Biden
> Heritage: Irish
> Birthplace: Scranton, PA
> Time in office: 2021 – 

Back in 2016, Joe Biden took his family on a trip to his ancestral home in Ireland — Ballina, a small town of about 10,000 people. (Ballina is also where Ireland’s first female president, Mary Robinson, was born.) The town is where Biden’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather Edward Blewitt grew up. He moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania after the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s. Biden still has distant family members living in Ballina.