A Quick Family History of Every US President

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Franklin D. Roosevelt
> Heritage: Irish and Dutch
> Birthplace: Hyde Park, New York
> Time in office: 1933-1945

Franklin D. Roosevelt was distantly related to the first Roosevelt president, Theodore. The two presidents were fifth cousins and share the same heritage.

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Harry S. Truman
> Heritage: English
> Birthplace: Lamar, Missouri
> Time in office: 1945-1953

The “S” in Harry S. Truman’s name was for both of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. Young was of Scottish and Irish descent. The Truman family history could also be traced back to England with German lineage.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower
> Heritage: German
> Birthplace: Denison, Texas
> Time in office: 1953-1961

Dwight D. Eisenhower was born to a German-American family. His roots can be traced back to ancestors who immigrated to a Pennsylvania Dutch community in 1741. The family moved to Kansas, then Texas, where Eisenhower was born in 1890, and back to Kansas two years later.

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John F. Kennedy
> Heritage: Irish
> Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts
> Time in office: 1961-1963

John F. Kennedy, the first Catholic president, was perhaps the most famous president of Irish descent. All of his great-grandparents were Irish immigrants who made new lives in Massachusetts.

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Lyndon B. Johnson
> Heritage: Irish-English
> Birthplace: Stonewall, Texas
> Time in office: 1963-1969

Lyndon B. Johnson’s Irish link was not as strong as his predecessor’s. Johnson had a great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, John Jameson, who was born in Galway, Ireland about 1680.