There has been a lot of rather surprising news lately about politicians. No, I am not referring to political scandals, to who is planning on running for office in the next election, or to what an individual's personal political views happen to be. If you are interested in genealogy, the biggest news about politicians lately is their relation to one another. It seems that many of their family trees share at least a few branches.
It turns out that President Barrack Obama, who is a Democrat, is related to Senator Scott Brown, who happens to be a Republican. Senator Brown recently won the Senate seat that was previously held by Senator Ted Kennedy (who was a Democrat). President Barrack Obama, of course is the forty-fourth President of the United States of America. I find it fascinating that these two men, from opposing political parties, are actually long lost relatives!
According to research that was done by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, President Obama and Senator Brown share a common ancestor who was named Richard Singletary. Obama is connected to Singletary through his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. Brown is connected to Singletary through his mother, Judith Ann Rugg. Who was Richard Singletary? He was a man who lived in the town of Haverhill, in Massachusetts. Singletary served as a selectman in two small towns in Massachusetts in the 1650's, which means he, too, was a politician. Singletary lived to be 102 years old, which is pretty remarkable, even by today's standards.
Other research shows that Senator Brown is related to six other United States Presidents, including Rutherford Hayes, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, and his son, George W. Bush. President Obama is also related to George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. He also shares ancestors with Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman, and James Madison. Perhaps there is something in there genes that compels them to become leaders.