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12th Doctor
supersoulty
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« on: July 10, 2009, 08:52:39 pm »

Ethnic origins of U.S. Presidents

43 men have served as President, with the following ethnic origins

27 English
 2 English/Scottish
 2 English/Welsh
 4 Scottish
 1 Scottish/Irish
 2 Irish
 3 Dutch
 1 German
 1 African

Fully, 38 of the 43 Presidents ethnic backgrounds are from the British Isles
 
English

Adams (John)
Adams (John Q)
Bush (George)
Bush (George W)
Carter
Cleveland
Clinton
Coolidge
Fillmore
Ford
Garfield
Harding
Harrison (Benjamin)
Harrison (William Henry)
Hoover
Jackson
Jefferson
Johnson (Andrew)
Johnson (Lyndon)
Lincoln
Madison
Nixon
Taft
Taylor
Truman
Tyler
Washington

English/Scottish

Hayes
Wilson

English/Welsh

Arthur
Pierce

Scottish

Buchanan
Grant
McKinley
Polk

Scottish/Irish
Monroe

Irish

Kennedy (Irish Catholic)
Reagan (Irish Protestant)

Dutch

Roosevelt (Theodore)
Roosevelt (Franklin)
Van Buren

German

Eisenhower

African (Kenyan)

Obama

After Obama, some may think it will be time for more diversity. 

Thoughts?

Those stats are a little one sided... in that they only represent one of that Presidents ethnic backgrounds.  As we all know, Obama is not just African, and most of the guys on that list were more than just one thing.
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12th Doctor
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2009, 09:05:07 pm »
« Edited: July 10, 2009, 09:14:49 pm by Supersoulty »

Nixon alone was Scotch, Irish, Scotch-Irish, English, and German.

I have absolutely no idea why you would choose "English" in particular out of that mix as that only represents one eighth of his ancestry on his mother's side.

And you have similar stories for all of these.  Grant was Scottish and English, I have no idea why you chose Scottish in particular here.  Harding was English, Irish, Scottish and Dutch.  FDR was also also largely French, but was also Swedish, Finnish and English.  TR was Dutch, Scottish, French and English.

And the list goes on, and on, and on... several Presidents had Amerindian heritage, and Warren Harding might have been part African.

P.S. For the record, Obama is of most English heritage on his mother's side.

And for you conspiracy nuts out there, and those of you who are followers of obscure trends in Presidential elections, yes, Obama does have closer blood ties to the British Royal Family than McCain.
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