Presidential Pedigrees

By Rhonda McClure Premium


If you’ve found one president in your family tree, keep looking — you may have more. Former late-night talk-show host Johnny Carson may hold the record, though. At last count, he was up to five presidents, all through his Howland line — known for famous forebears such as John Howland, who was a passenger on the Mayflower. Carson claims as cousins presidents Gerald Ford (his ninth cousin once removed), Richard M. Nixon (his fifth cousin once removed), Franklin Delano Roosevelt (his eighth cousin twice removed), George Herbert Walker Bush (his 10th cousin three times removed) and the current commander-in-chief, George W. Bush (his 10th cousin four times removed).

For tips to trace your own presidential roots, see the February 2001 Family Tree Magazine.
From the October 2003 Family Tree Magazine.