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From: John Steele Gordon <>
Subject: Re: Governor George Walker Bush - Next President?
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 1999 08:41:56 -0500
> > A Year 2000 Question for The Group:
> > I recall an article (not well written) from ca. 1993 concerning
> > U.S. presidential elections and royal descent. The writer, citing an
> > interview from a representative (?) of Burke's, or another royal descent
> > purveyor, stated that (1) all U. S. Presidents have had at least one
> > royal ancestor, (2) their opponents in the general election have had
> > also, and (3) that whichever candidate had _the most royal descent_ was
> > the eventual winner of the election.
> The 1993 article was exceedingly wrong. _Ancestors of American Presidents_
> (First Authoratative Edition) by Gary Boyd Roberts, published by Carl Boyer III,
> Santa Clarita, CA, 1993 clearly shows which Presidents have Royal Descents. Most
> Presidents have not had Royal Descents, including John Adams, Monroe, Jackson,
Jackson's ancestry is the least known of all American Presidents. We
know the full name of only one of his grandparents, and only one of his
great grandparents is known. Nothing beyond that.
> Van Buren, Tyler, Lincoln, Grant, Teddy Roosevelt,
Actually TR has several royal descents, including James I, King of Scots
(who was married to a Beaufort), Edward I, and (probably) Edward III
through another Beaufort.
Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy,
> Johnson, Carter, Reagan and Clinton. Although I have no certain knowledge of
> their complete ancestries, I doubt if Presidential challengers Goldwater or
> Dukakis had identifiable Royal ancestry. Also, the 1800 election where
> non-Royally descended John Adams emerged victorious over Royally descended
> Thomas Jefferson is an example of the loser having the more impressive pedigree.
I think that would be the 1796 election. In 1800 Jefferson won.
> So the 1993 article is wrong from every conceivable aspect. Sorry.
No argument on that score!
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