American Political Dynasties

When the constitution was written, our founding fathers envisioned a new Republic that will be created for the people and by the people.  In setting up this new government, one of the chief architectural plans was the elimination or exclusion of a monarchy.  Instead three forms of government were created with equal powers in a checks and balance format – Legislative, Judicial, and Executive.Politics

The goal was to give the average “Joe” equal representation in the Republic and a sense of empowerment in the direction the country could go.  With the exclusion of a monarch, the evils and disadvantages of having “dynasties” were eliminated from American political process . . .or was it?!?

Since the time Washington took the oath for President on April 30, 1789, in New York, the American political process has seen if fair share of dynasty politics over the years.  With the 2008 Presidential and Congressional elections approaching, I thought I would take a brief moment to look at some of the top dynasties in American Politics since 1789.  Some will surprise you and other will not.  There are other families that I failed to mention due to space issues – du Pont, Breckinridge, Bayard, Clayton, Taft, Walker (related to the Bushes), Gore, Shrivers (related to the Kennedys), and Lincoln.  Will the Clinton’s be part of this list in the near future?  Hmmm… Enjoy!!!

  1. Kennedys
    1. John F. Fitzgerald (1863-1950) – US Representative from Massachusetts
    2. Joseph P Kennedy Sr. (1888-1963) – US Ambassador to the UK
    3. John F Kennedy (1917-1963)-35th President of the United States
    4. Robert F Kennedy (1925-1968) – US Attorney General & US Senator from NY
    5. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend – Lt. Governor of Maryland
    6. Joseph P Kennedy II – US Representative from Massachusetts
    7. Edward M Kennedy (1932) – US Senator from Massachusett
    8. Patrick J Kennedy – US Representative from Rhode Island
  2. Roosevelts – family can trace the first entry into politics to Archibald Bulloch (1730-1777 as delegate to the Continental Congress)
    1. James I Roosevelt (1795-1875) – US Representative from New York
    2. Robert B Roosevelt (1829-1906) – US Representative from New York
    3. Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) – 26th President of the United States
    4. Corinne Douglas Robinson (1886-1971) – Connecticut State Representative
    5. William F Weld – Governor of Massachusett
    6. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) – First Lady of the United States
    7. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) – 32nd President of the United States
    8. Warren Delano Robbins (1185-1935) – US Minster to El Salvador and Canada
    9. James Roosevelt (1907-1991) – US Representative from California
    10. Franklin Delano Roosevelt JR (1914-1988) – US Representative from New York
    11. William Collins Whitney (1841-1904) – US Secretary of the Nav
    12. John Milton Hay (1838-1905) – US Ambassador to UK & US Secretary of State
  3. Adams
    1. Samuel Adams (1722-1803) – Signatory of the Declaration of Independence and brewery of great beer
    2. i. Joseph Allen (1749-1827) – US Representative from Massachusett
    3. Charles Allen (1797-1869) – US Representative from Massachusetts
    4. John Adams (1735-1826) – 2nd President of the United States
    5. i. John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) – 6th President of the United State
    6. Charles Francis Adams Sr. (1807-1886) – US Representative from Massachusetts
  4. Bushes
    1. Samuel P Bush (1863-1948) – Director of the Federal Reserve – Cleveland
    2.  Prescott Bush (1895-1972) – US Senator from Connecticut
    3. George Herbert Walker Bush – 41st President of the Untied States
    4.  George Walker Bush – 43rd President of the Untied State
    5. John Ellis “Jeb” Bush – Governor of Florida
  5. Rockefellers
    1. i. William Aldrich (1820-1885) – US Representative from Illinois
    2. J. Frank Aldrich (1853-1933) – US Representative from Illinois
    3. Nelson Aldrich (1841-1915) – US Representative from Rhode Island
    4. Richard S Aldrich (1884-1941) – US Representative from Rhode Island
    5. Nelson A Rockefeller (1908-1979) – Governor of New York & Vice-President of the United States
    6. Winthrop Rockefeller (1912-1973) – Governor of Arkansas
    7. Jay Rockefeller – Governor of WVA & US Senator from West Virginia
    8. Charles Percy – US Senator from Illinois
    9. Mark Dayton – US Senator from Minnesot
    10. Win Rockefeller – Lt Governor of Arkansas
  6. Washington, Harrison and Lee families (all related by marriage)
    1. i. George Washington (1732-1799) – 1st President of the United States
    2. Bushrod Washington (1762-1829) – member of the VA House of Delegates & United States Supreme Court associate justice
    3. George Corbin Washington (1789-1854) – US Representative from Maryland
    4. Thomas Lee (1690-1750) – member of the House of Burgesses of VA
    5. Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794) – signer of the US Declaration of Independence & US Senator from Virginia
    6. Samuel Phillips Lee (1812-1897)
    7. Francis Preston Blair Lee (1857-1944) – US Senator from Maryland
    8. Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734-1797) – signer of the US Declaration of Independence
    9. Arthur Lee (1741-1792) – delegate to Continental Congress
    10. Henry Lee III (1756-1818) – Governor of Virginia & US representative from Virginia
    11. Richard Bland Lee (1791-1827) – US Representative from Virginia
    12. Robert E Lee — General of Confederate army of Northern Virginia in the United Sates Civil War
    13. Fitzhugh Lee (1835-1905) – Governor of Virginia
    14. William H. F. Lee (1837-1891) – US Representative from Virginia
    15. Benjamin Harrison V (1726-1791) – signer of the US Declaration of Independence & Governor of Virginia
    16. Carter Bassett Harrison (1758-1808) – US Representative from Virginia
    17. William Henry Harrison (1773-1841) – Governor of Indiana Territory & US Representative from Ohio
    18. John Scott Harrison (1804-1878) – US Representative from Ohio
    19. Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) – US Senator from Indiana
    20. William Henry Harrison – US Representative from Wyoming
    21. Beverley Randolph (1754-1797) – Governor of Virginia
    22. Burwell Bassett (1764-1841) – US Representative from Virginia
    23. Carter Harrison Sr. (1825-1893) – US Representative from Illinois
    24. Carter Harrison Jr. (1860-1953) – Mayor of Chicago
  7.  Franklin, Claiborne, Pell and Boggs Family (all related by marriage)
    1. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) – signer of the Declaration of Independence
    2. William Franklin – Colonial Governor of New Jersey
    3. Thomas Claiborne (1749-1812) – US Representative from Virginia
    4. Franklin Davenport (1755-1832) – US Senator from New Jersey
    5. Alexander James Dallas (1759-1817) – US Secretary of the Treasury
    6. William Charles Cole Claiborne (1775-1817) – US Representative from Tennessee
    7. John Claiborne (1777-1808) – US Representative from Virginia
    8. Nathaniel Herbert Claiborne (1777-1859) – US Representative from Virginia
    9. Thomas Claiborne (1780-1856) – US Representative from Tennessee
    10. George Mifflin Dallas (1792-1864) – US Senator from Pennsylvania
    11. Robert John Walker (1801-1869) – US Senator from Mississippi
    12. John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne (1807-1884) – US Representative from Mississippi
    13. Benjamin Harris Brewster (1816-1888) – US Attorney General
    14. Hebert Claiborne Pell, JR. (1884-1961) – US Representative from New York
    15. Thomas Hale Boggs (1914-1972) – US Representative from Louisiana
    16. Corinne Claiborne Boggs (1916) – US Representative from Louisiana
    17. Claiborne de Borda Pell (1918) – US Senator from Rhode Island
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