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List of U.S. political families

During its history the United States has seen many families who have repeatedly produced notable politicians from their ranks, and these historic U.S. political families have had a significant impact on politics in the United States.

Many of these families have moved to national prominence from a state or regional power base. The Kennedys, for example, are particularly associated with Massachusetts; the Long family is identified with Louisiana, the Lees with Virginia, and the Tafts with Ohio. Other political families are less connected with a specific state; the Bush family began in Connecticut, but is now more closely identified with Texas, and a member of the family is the governor of Florida. Kennedy family member Maria Shriver's husband Arnold Schwarzenegger is now governor of California.

See also Political families of the world.

Table of contents
1 Families
2 External references


Here are some of the more notable families visible on a national level:

The Adamses

Main article: Adams family

The Browns

Main article: Brown family

The Bushes

Main article:
Bush family

Two members of the Bush family have served as President of the United States and a number of Bush family members have served in other high offices:

The Churches and Clarks

The Clintons

The Daleys

Main article: Daley family

Two members of the Daley family served as Mayor of Chicago, between them ruling the city for more than a third of a century.

The Dulleses

Main article: Dulles family

Several members of the Dulles family served in important positions, including:

The du Ponts

Main ariticle: du Pont family

The du Pont immigrant to the United States, Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) was deputy of the Third Estate to the Estates-General for the region of Nemours in France. The du Pont political dynasty is based on the family's manufacturing empire in Delaware.

The Gores

Main article: Gore family

Several members of the Gore family of Tennessee have held important national political offices, including

There is also a tenuous connection between the Gore family and the Kennedy family. Thomas Gore's daughter, Nina (mother of author Gore Vidal) married Hugh Auchincloss, the stepfather of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy. Gore Vidal is also a distant cousin of Jimmy Carter.

The Harrisons

Main article: Harrison family

William Henry Harrison, the 9th President, was grandfather of the 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison. William Henry's father, Benjamin Harrison V, was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence.

The Johnsons

The Kennedys

Main article:
Kennedy family

Some commentators in the early 1960s made predictions that President John F. Kennedy would be first of a dynasty in the White House, but these predictions were not borne out, and the idea largely dropped off the public's radar after Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 and Edward Kennedy was involved in a drunk-driving incident (in which a passenger in his car was killed) in 1969. However, a number of Kennedy family members have held high office since then.

The Kennedys have also made marriages with political figures:

The Lees

Main article: Lee family

The Lees of Virginia have produced many prominent national figures, including:

The Longs

Main article: Long family

The Longs of Louisiana have produced a number of important political leaders, including:

The Rockefellers

Main article: Rockefeller family

The Roosevelts

Main article: Roosevelt family

The Stevensons

Main article: Stevenson family

The Stevensons of Illinois have produced a number of important political figures:

The Tafts

Main article: Taft family

The Tafts of Ohio have produced a number of leaders on the national stage, including:

External references

The Bushes

Leading Political families