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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:03 PM

42 of the 43 US Presidents are related--You guessed wrong...

As discovered by BridgeAnne d'Avignon, a 7th grade student, all the US Presidents except for Martin Van Buren are related. At ten years old, d’Avignon discovered some genealogy software her grandfather owned, and decided to use it to try and find out how many United States presidents were related. What she found was very impressive.

http://www.omg-facts.com/view/Facts/50326

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Reply 42 of the 43 US Presidents are related--You guessed wrong... (Original post)
MindMover Apr 2012 OP
Skinner Apr 2012 #1
MindMover Apr 2012 #2
arcane1 Apr 2012 #3
unapatriciated Apr 2012 #4
Maine-ah Apr 2012 #10
unapatriciated Apr 2012 #11
banned from Kos Apr 2012 #5
ProdigalJunkMail Apr 2012 #6
KamaAina Apr 2012 #7
ProdigalJunkMail Apr 2012 #9
ProdigalJunkMail Apr 2012 #8
provis99 Apr 2012 #12
Spider Jerusalem Apr 2012 #13
provis99 Apr 2012 #14
Spider Jerusalem Apr 2012 #15
provis99 Apr 2012 #16
Spider Jerusalem Apr 2012 #17

Response to MindMover (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:05 PM

1. Van Buren!

I knew it!

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Response to Skinner (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:05 PM

2. LMAO,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:15 PM

3. That factoid is probably what inspired the Van Buren Boys

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:50 PM

4. So I guess that makes me related to 42 Presidents.

distant veryyyyy distant.
My Great Grandmother's Grandmother is Sophia Taft Lake. She supposedly is the daughter of President Taft's Grandfathers brother.

My great,great great Grandmother Sophia.

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Response to unapatriciated (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:03 PM

10. Related to Franklin Pierce

and John Quincy Adams.

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Response to Maine-ah (Reply #10)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 08:48 PM

11. my relationship to taft is so distant that...

If I had a nose bleed, we would no longer be related

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:54 PM

5. Wasn't Van Buren a "ginger"?

 

OMG! I think he was!

(fake outrage)

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:54 PM

6. someone miscounting?

Obama IS our 44th President...isn't he?

sP

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Response to ProdigalJunkMail (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:55 PM

7. Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th President

since he served two nonconsecutive terms.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:56 PM

9. yeah...had to sing a little song in my head first

to figure that out

sP

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Response to ProdigalJunkMail (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 06:56 PM

8. oops...forgot about Cleveland

two, non-consecutive terms...

sP

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Response to MindMover (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 03:35 AM

12. Van Buren is related to the Roosevelts.

 

They have multiple links through the old New York Dutch families.

So I guess all 43 are indeed related.

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Response to provis99 (Reply #12)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 03:51 AM

13. Not really

both Roosevelts had non-Dutch ancestry (TR's mother was a Bulloch, FDR's a Delano); Van Buren didn't.

The fact that one is related to a given individual doesn't mean that other people who one is also related to are related to that individual.

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Response to Spider Jerusalem (Reply #13)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 04:02 AM

14. Van Buren and Teddy Roosevelt are cousins three times removed.

 

Van Buren and Franklin Roosevelt are cousins four times removed.

Van Buren was actually more closely related to Teddy Roosevelt than Franklin Roosevelt was.

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Response to provis99 (Reply #14)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 04:08 AM

15. But Van Buren isn't related to any other presidents

because the relationship of all the other presidents comes from their shared English ancestry and common descent from King John of England; Van Buren's ancestry as far as is known is entirely Dutch as far back as it can be traced.

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Response to Spider Jerusalem (Reply #15)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 04:09 AM

16. the OP is nonetheless wrong.

 

It said Van Buren is not related to any of the other presidents. Van Buren is related to FDR and Teddy Roosevelt.

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Response to provis99 (Reply #16)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 04:12 AM

17. Well, no, it said that they're all related to each other, except Van Buren...which is correct.

His being related to both Roosevelts doesn't make him related to any of the others.

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