• Eric Fisher

44 of 46 US Presidents Share Family Ancestors

The Clarksvillian

Previous articles by the Daily Mail and the New York Daily News, unveiled the ‘remarkable discovery’ made by then 12-year-old California genealogist BridgeAnne d’Avignon. That discovery has grown to show 44 out of 46 American presidents are related to King John of England as their common ancestor. It took BridgeAnne two years to finish the project. Her grandfather, who has been tracing roots for 60 years, helped her connect the presidential dots.

The only president BridgeAnne could not connect in the lineage was Martin Van Buren, the 8th president of the United States. That part of the research concluded during the Obama presidency and included neither the Trump nor Biden years. As further uncovered, this means that they are not only descendants of King John of England but also distant cousins of Elizabeth, the Queen of England, and the British Royal family.

King John, who ruled 1199-1216 AD, was not an impressive figure in English history. Nicknamed ‘Lackland’ by his father Henry II who thought he would never inherit substantial lands, he is renowned for being forced to sign the Magna Carta in 1215, which limited the monarch’s power by law, and for losing the Crown Jewels in The Wash. But, by focusing on both male and female family lines, BridgeAnne traced an ancestral link to him that all US presidents share – except for two, Martin Van Buren and later Joe Biden.

With that information on the table, do you look at the US presidency any differently? The topic certainly brings together an interesting discussion regardless of where your opinion lands.