Notable Descendants

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While it is believed that these people are Mayflower descendants, not all have membership in GSMD or have been vetted by the Historian General's office.

PRESIDENTS & VICE PRESIDENTS

♦ John Adams (1735-1826): 2nd President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden, and William Mullins.

♦ John Quincy Adams (1767-1848): 6th President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden, and William Mullins.

♦ George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-2018): 41st President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland, Francis Cooke, John and Joan (Hurst) Tilley.

♦ George W. Bush (1946– ): 43rd President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland, Francis Cooke, John and Joan (Hurst) Tilley, and Henry Samson.

♦ Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933): 30th President of the United States (1923–1929). Descendant of Pilgrim John Alden and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden, William Mullins, and Edward Doty.

Charles Gates Dawes (1865-1951): 30th Vice President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrim William and Mary Brewster.

♦ James A. Garfield (1831-1881): 20th President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrim John and Elinor Billington, and Francis Billington.

♦ Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885): U.S. General and 18th President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrim Richard and Elizabeth (Walker) Warren.

♦ Levi Parsons Morton (1824-1920): 22nd Vice President of the United States, the 31st Governor of New York and the U.S. Minister to France, in which capacity he placed the first rivet in the construction of the Statue of Liberty. Descendant of Stephen and Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins. 

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (1908-1979): 41st Vice President of the United States, 49th Governor of New York. Descendant of Pilgrim William and Mary Brewster.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945): 32nd President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims Isaac Allerton, Francis Cooke, John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland, Degory Priest, John and Joan (Hurst) Tilley, and Richard and Elizabeth (Walker) Warren.

Zachary Taylor (1784-1850): 12th President of the United States. Descendant of Pilgrims Isaac Allerton and William and Mary Brewster.

STATESMEN/WOMEN

♦ John Ellis "Jeb" Bush (1953– ): 43rd Governor of Florida. Descendant of Pilgrims John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland, Francis Cooke, John and Joan (Hurst) Tilley, and Henry Samson.

Howard Brush Dean III (1948– ): Physician, 79th Governor of Vermont, U.S. Representative. Descendant of Pilgrim William and Mary Brewster.

♦ Nathaniel Gorham (1738-1796): Signer of the United States Constitution. Descendant of Pilgrim John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland.

Daniel Leonard (1740–1829): Lawyer from colonial Massachusetts and a Loyalist in the American Revolution; Chief Justice of Bermuda (1782 – 1806); and in 1821 revealed himself to be "Massachusettensis." Descendant of Pilgrim Thomas Rogers.

♦ Robert Treat Paine (1731-1814): Signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Massachusetts. Descendant of Pilgrim Stephen and Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins.

John Hay "Jock" Whitney (1904-1982): U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Publisher of the New York Herald Tribune. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Frances Perkins Wilson (born Fannie Coralie Perkins) (1880–1965): U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the longest serving in that position, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. Descendant of Pilgrim Richard and Elizabeth (Walker) Warren.

General Leonard Wood (1860–1927): U.S. Army major general and Medal of Honor recipient; Governor General of the Phillipines from 1921 to 1927; Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1910 to 1914; Governor of Moro Province from 1903 to 1906; Governor General of Cuba from 1899 to 1902. Descendant of Pilgrim William White, Francis Cooke, Stephen Hopkins and Richard Warren. Governor General of the Mayflower Society from 1915 to 1921. 


CELEBRITIES

Countess Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump (1841-1919): Wife of Tom Thumb. Descendant of Pilgrim John and Elinor Billington and Francis Billington.

Julia Child (1912-2004): American Chef. Descendant of Pilgrims William Bradford and William and Mary Brewster.

Frederick Edwin Church (1826-1900): American Painter. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (1903-1977): Actor, Singer. Descendant of Pilgrim William and Mary Brewster.

George Robert "Bob" Crosby (1913-1993): Big Band Leader, Vocalist, Brother to Bing. Descendant of Pilgrim William and Mary Brewster.

Alonzo Hersford “Lon” Cushing, Lieutenant Colonel (1841-1863): Posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2014, 151 years after his death at the Battle of Gettysburg, defending the Union position on Cemetery Ridge against Pickett's Charge. Descendant of Pilgrims John Alden, Francis Cooke, Edward Fuller, Stephen Hopkins, William Mullins, and Richard and Elizabeth (Walker) Warren.

George Eastman (1854-1932): Inventor of the Kodak camera and roll film. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Clinton "Clint" Eastwood (1930– ): Actor, Director, Producer, Composer, Politician. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Richard Gere (1949–): Actor. Descendant of Pilgrims John and Elinor Billington and William and Mary Brewster.

Charles Dana Gibson (1867-1944): American Graphic Artist, Creator of the Gibson Girl. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Hugh Hefner (1926-2017): Publisher, Founder of Playboy magazine. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003): Actress. Descendant of Pilgrim William and Mary Brewster.

Ashley Tyley Ciminella Judd (1968- ): Actress. Descendant of Pilgrim William and Mary Brewster.

John Lithgow (1945- ): Actor, Musician, Author. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

George B. McClellan (1826-1885): Major-General, Commander of the Union Forces, Civil War. Descendant of Pilgrims William Bradford, and William and Mary Brewster.

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962): Actress, Model. Descendant of Pilgrim John and Prisiclla (Mullins) Alden.

Grandma Moses (born Anna Mary Robertson) (1860–1961): Renowned American folk artist, having begun painting in earnest at the age of 78. Descendant of Pilgrim Francis Cooke.

Christopher D'Oiler Reeve (1952-2004): Actor, Superman. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Eliphalet Remington (1793–1861): Founder of Remington Arms Company. Descendant of Pilgrim Edward Doty.

Cokie Roberts (1943–2019): Journalist, Author. Descendant of Pilgrim William and Mary Brewster.

Deborah Sampson (1760-1827): Woman who served in the Continental Army disguised as a man during the Revolutionary War. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. (1926– ): Publisher of the New York Times (1963-1992). Descendant of Pilgrims John and Pricilla (Mullins) Alden and William Bradford.

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933): Artist and Designer. Descendant of Pilgrim Isaac Allerton.

John Trumbull (1756-1843): American Painter. Descendant of Pilgrim John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney (1899-1992): Producer, Writer. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

Dick Van Dyke (1925– ): Actor, Comedian, Writer. Descendant of Pilgrim John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden.

Jerry Van Dyke (1931– ): Actor, Comedian. Descendant of Pilgrim John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden.

George Orson Welles (1915-1985): Actor, Director, Producer. Descendant of Pilgrim John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden.

Joanne Woodward (1930– ): Actress. Descendant of Pilgrim Isaac Allerton.

WRITERS/POETS

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878): Poet. Descendant of Pilgrim John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden.

Ina Donna Coolbrith (born Josephine Donna Smith) (1841–1928): American poet, writer, librarian, and a prominent figure in the San Francisco Bay Area literary community. Called the "Sweet Singer of California", she was the first California Poet Laureate and the first poet laureate of any American state. Descendant of Pilgrim Edward Fuller.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882): Poet. Descendant of Pilgrim John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden.

Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982): Poet, Writer. Descendant of Pilgrim William and Mary Brewster.

Phillips Brooks (1835-1893): Episcopal clergyman, Rector of Boston's Trinity Church and briefly Bishop of Massachusetts, lyricist of "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Descendant of Pilgrims William and Mary Brewster, John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland, and John and Joan (Hurst) Tilley.

Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. (1937– ): American Novelist. Descendant of Pilgrims William Bradford and William and Mary Brewster.

Noah Webster (1758-1843): Lexicographer, Writer. Descendant of Pilgrim William Bradford.

ROYALTY

Marie-Chantal Miller (1968– ): Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark. Descendant of Pilgrim John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden.






 

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