The Irish ancestry of president John F Kennedy is well-documented, but less well known is the Ulster ancestry of as many as seventeen of the forty-three Presidents of the USA.
Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) was the son of Andrew and Elizabeth Jackson who had left their home at Boneybefore near Carrickfergus, Antrim some eighteen months before his birth in
James Knox Polk (1845-49) was the great-grandson of Robert Bruce Polk (Pollok) of Lifford, Donegal who arrived in the American colonies about 1860.
The parents of James Buchanan (1857-61) – James and Elizabeth Speer Buchanan lived at Deroran near Omagh, Tyrone and left for
Andrew Johnson (1965-69) was grandson of Andrew Johnson of Mounthill, Larne, Antrim who arrived in
Ulysses S Grant’s (1869-77) great grandfather John Simpson left
The father and grandfather of Chester Alan Arthur (1881-85) emigrated from Dreen, near Cullybackey, Antrim in 1801. The maternal grandfather of Grover Cleveland (1885-89 and 1893-97) one Abner Neal left Co Antrim in the late eighteenth century.
Benjamin Harrison (1889-93) was the grandson of the ninth President William Henry Harrison who was related to
William McKinley (1897-1901) was great grandson of James McKinley who emigrated to
Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) is believed to have Presbyterian ancestors on his maternal side from Larne, Antrim. Folklore in
Woodrow Wilson (1913-21) was the grandson of James Wilson who emigrated to
Harry Truman (1945-53) was grandson, on his mother’s side, of Solomon Young of Scots-Irish settler stock.
Richard Millhouse Nixon had
Jimmy Carter (1977-81) was descended on his mother’s side, from Scots-Irish settler Andrew Cowan of Co Antrim.
Bill Clinton (1993-2001) claims to be a relative of Lucas Cassidy who left Fermanagh for
And finally, George W Bush (current) and his father George Bush (1989-93) though mainly of English stock, have on the maternal side an ancestor William Gault of Antrim who was one of the first settlers of