A Quick Family History of Every US President

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William Howard Taft
> Heritage: English
> Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
> Time in office: 1909-1913

William Howard Taft was a descendant of Richard Robert Taft, who was born in England and died in County Louth, Ireland in 1700. Richard’s son, Robert Taft, moved to Massachusetts in the 1680s.

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Woodrow Wilson
> Heritage: Scottish and Irish
> Birthplace: Staunton, Virginia
> Time in office: 1913-1921

Woodrow Wilson’s grandfather, James Wilson, was born in Strabane, Northern Ireland. The president’s grandmother, Mary Anne Adams, was also born in Ulster, a region in the northern part of Ireland. Wilson had Scottish roots on his mother’s side. His maternal grandfather was from Paisley, Scotland.

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Warren G. Harding
> Heritage: Dutch
> Birthplace: Blooming Grove, Ohio
> Time in office: 1921-1923

Warren G. Harding’s heritage included Dutch connections. His great-grandfather on his mother’s side was William Van Kirk from the wealthy Van Kirk family.

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Calvin Coolidge
> Heritage: English
> Birthplace: Plymouth Notch, Vermont
> Time in office: 1923-1929

Calvin Coolidge, the only American president to be born on Independence Day, had roots going back to the earliest settlers in New England. The family was related to John Coolidge, who emigrated from Cambridgeshire, England to Massachusetts around 1636.

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Herbert Hoover
> Heritage: German, Swiss, English
> Birthplace: West Branch, Iowa
> Time in office: 1929-1933

Herbert Hoover had German, Swiss, and English ancestry. His parent’s families were Quakers — a Christian group that began in mid-17th-century England. The family lived on a farm near West Branch, Iowa.