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We give thanks for FDR, Clint Eastwood, Alec Baldwin and … Sarah Palin

By Laurie Bennett

November 24, 2010 at 7:00am

A big shout-out to the 53 Pilgrims who sat down to America’s first Thanksgiving dinner almost four centuries ago.

Thanks for starting a great family tradition, and thanks for starting great American families.

Genealogists trace eight U.S. presidents to passengers on the Mayflower voyage of 1620.

Other progeny include celebs Richard Gere, Bing Crosby and Clint Eastwood.

Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin
Mayflower descendant

John Howland, who boarded the Mayflower as a servant to John Carver, started a family line that includes unlikely distant cousins: conservative Sarah Palin and liberal Alec Baldwin, as well as actors Christopher Lloyd and Humphrey Bogart.

John Alden, a young cooper who married another Mayflower passenger, Priscilla Mullins, had 10 children. Among their many descendants were Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, filmmaker Orson Welles and actress Marilyn Monroe.

English woolcomber Francis Cooke is responsible for Republican and Democratic presidencies. George H.W. and George W. Bush are among his offspring, as was Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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2 Comments

  • #1.   Robert O'Brien 11.24.2010

    Very interesting. However, you state:

    “Genealogists trace eight U.S. presidents to passengers on the Mayflower voyage of 1620.”

    I only count seven in the diagram:
    George H.W. Bush
    George W. Bush
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt
    Ulysses S. Grant
    John Adams
    John Quincy Adams
    James Garfield

    If Teddy Roosevelt is the 8th, shouldn’t you have shown his links? And if he isn’t the 8th, please, PLEASE tell me that you aren’t predicting that Sarah Palin will one day become POTUS.

  • #2.   Max 11.24.2010

    Sarah Palin will be the eighth President.

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