There are 40 million Americans with Irish blood whose forefathers came from the Emerald Isle. They have become important members of the United States family and many have been leaders in the commercial and political life of America.
How many US presidents has there been that claim Irish ancestry? According to Wikipedia, there has been 22 American presidents, who claim to be of Irish descent. That’s around half of all US Presidents! President Obama, who in fact does have an Irish connection, was the 44th US President and claims Irish ancestry through Falmouth Kearney, the son of a shoemaker, born in Moneygall, County Offaly.
Here are six US Presidents that inherited the famous green blood and proud of it.
When you consider that Ireland is only about as large as the state of Indiana, has a population of approx 6 million (North & South), it’s quite amazing that a country as small as this can have had such a huge impact on the politics of one of the larger, and probably most powerful, countries in the world.
Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States.
His parents — Andrew Jackson and Elizabeth Hutchinson — were from Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Ireland, as was his paternal grandfather, Hugh Jackson, who died there ca 1782. His great-grandfather, Thomas Jackson, was of Ballyregan in Dundonald, County Down, Ireland.
Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States.
His mother, Hannah Simpson, was the granddaughter of a John Simpson who was born in Northern Ireland ca 1738.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States.
His paternal great-grandparents were Patrick Kennedy, who was born in Dunganstown, County Wexford, Ireland ca 1823, and Bridget Murphy, who was born probably Owenduff, County Wexford, Ireland ca 1827. His maternal great-grandparents were Thomas Fitzgerald, who was born in Bruff, County Limerick, Ireland in 1823, and Rose Anna Cox, who was born probably in Tomregan or Kinawley, County Cavan, Ireland ca 1835.
Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States.
His great-grandfather, Michael Reagan, is believed to be from County Tipperary, Ireland and possibly is the Michael Reagan (or Ryan) baptized there in Ballyporeen 3 September 1829, and being the one who immigrated to the U.S. via Canada ca 1858. His wife, Catherine Mulcahey, was also born in Ireland. Reagan’s other identified Irish ancestors include: Patrick Cusick, b. ca 1825, Patrick Mulcahey, and (possibly) Sarah Higgins, the wife of Patrick Cusick; she was born ca 1825 in Ireland or New York.
George W Bush, 43rd President. County Wexford historians have found that his now apparent ancestor, Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke having been shunned by Henry II, offered his services as a mercenary in the 12th-century Norman invasion of Wexford.
Barack Hussein Obama’s roots in Ireland go back to 1850, when Falmouth Kearney, the 19-year-old son of a local shoemaker, left Moneygall to begin a new life in the United States.
The Kearney family probably originated in Tipperary before settling in County Offaly, then known as King’s County, in the 1700s. One branch of the family moved to Dublin and entered the very profitable business of making wigs. By helping out with the wig-making business, the midlands relatives prospered enough to purchase property rights in Moneygall and Shinrone around 1800.
Barack Obama is the great-great grandson of Falmouth Kearney’s youngest daughter, Mary Ann.
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