A Quick Family History of Every US President

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Richard M. Nixon
> Heritage: Irish
> Birthplace: Yorba Linda, California
> Time in office: 1969-1974

Richard Nixon, the only president to resign from office, had Irish roots. His great-great-great-grandfather was Isaac Brown, who was born in Ireland in 1771. Nixon was also related to James Moore, who was born in County Antrim, Ireland. Some of Nixon’s ancestors left Ulster in the mid-18th century.

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Gerald R. Ford
> Heritage: Irish
> Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska
> Time in office: 1974-1977

Gerald Ford was born Leslie Lynch King, Jr., but his name was changed after his mother remarried. Ford had two sets of great-great-great-great-grandparents who were from Loughgall, Northern Ireland, and Donnahlong, Ireland.

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Jimmy Carter
> Heritage: English
> Birthplace: Detroit
> Time in office: 1977-1981

Jimmy Carter, the first U.S. president born in a hospital, descends from English immigrant Thomas Carter, who was born in London, England, and settled in Virginia sometime in the mid-1600s.

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Ronald Reagan
> Heritage: Irish
> Birthplace: Tampico, Illinois
> Time in office: 1981-1989

Ronald Reagan’s paternal great-grandfather was from County Tipperary, Ireland. He later moved to London, where he married an Irish refugee. Reagan’s grandfather was the first Reagan born in the U.S.

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George H. W. Bush
> Heritage: English-Irish
> Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts
> Time in office: 1989-1993

George H.W. Bush is related to Samuel Bush, was the first American-born member of the Bush family. Before then, the Bush’s family roots can be traced back to England. George Bush’s mother was a distant relative of William Gault, who was born in Ulster.