The World of Grandpa Don

 Presidential Connections
Overview

I, and some of my siblings as well as all of my descendants are related as distant cousins to several presidents of these United States of America.

Some are more distant than others and one
needs to be proven

This is their story, as I know it.

 

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George Washington
John Adams
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
Warren Gamaliel Harding
and possibly
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Introduction

 

Presidents and their relationships to our family

  George Washington  1st President

Maj. John Washington was born Feb 1627 at  Purleigh County, Essex, England. Sometime prior to 1658 he sailed to  the American colony of Virginia  where in 1658 he married Ann Pope. Their grandson was George Washington.

George Washington (February 22, 1732 December 14, 1799) was the first President of the United States (178997), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the current United States Constitution and during his lifetime was called the "father of his country".

You are invited to click on his name link for details of the life of the hero of the American revolution and our first President.  He is a 5th cousin 8X removed of Donald J Plefka.

George Washington.     

Also see the relationship chart for his relationship to me.

 

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George Washington.

       
  John Adams   2nd President
Joseph Adams was born 09 Feb 1626 at Kings Weston, Somerset, England and prior to 1653 immigrated to Virginia where he married Abigail Baxter. Their great grandson was John Adams (October 30 1735  July 4, 1826) was an American lawyer, author, statesman, and diplomat. He served as the second President of the United States (17971801), the first Vice President (178997), and as a Founding Father was a leader of American independence from Great Britain. Adams was a political theorist who promoted republicanism and a strong central government. His innovative ideas were frequently published. He was also a dedicated diarist and correspondent, particularly with his wife and key advisor Abigail.
You are invited to click on his name link for details of the life of the hero of the American revolution and a President of the nation. He is a 2nd cousin 6X removed of Donald J Plefka.
 
John Adams
Also see the relationship chart for his relationship to me.
  
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John Adams
       
  James Monroe   5th President

James Monroe was the 2nd great grandson of Major Andrew Monroe (1625-1668) who migrated from Scotland to Virginia before 1665.

James Monroe (April 28, 1758 July 4, 1831) was the fifth President of the United States, serving between 1817 and 1825. Monroe was the last president who was a Founding Father of the United States and the last president from the Virginian dynasty and the Republican Generation. Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Monroe was of the planter class and fought in the American Revolutionary War. He was wounded in the Battle of Trenton with a musket ball to his shoulder. After studying law under Thomas Jefferson from 1780 to 1783, he served as a delegate in the Continental Congress. As an anti-federalist delegate to the Virginia convention that considered ratification of the United States Constitution, Monroe opposed ratification, claiming it gave too much power to the central government. He took an active part in the new government, and in 1790 he was elected to the Senate of the first United States Congress, where he joined the Jeffersonians. He gained experience as an executive as the Governor of Virginia and rose to national prominence as a diplomat in France, when he helped negotiate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. During the War of 1812, Monroe held the critical roles of Secretary of State and the Secretary of War under President James Madison.

You are invited to click on his name link for details of the life of a President.  He is a 10th cousin 5X removed of Donald J Plefka.
James Monroe
Also see the relationship chart for his relationship to me.
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James Monroe
  John Quincy Adams  6th President

The son of President John Adams, John Quincy Adams (July 11, 1767  February 23, 1848) was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a Senator and member of the House of Representatives. He was a member of the Federalist, Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and later Anti-Masonic and Whig parties. In his biography, Samuel Flagg Bemis argues that Adams was able to "gather together, formulate, and practice the fundamentals of American foreign-policy self-determination, independence, noncolonization, nonintervention, nonentanglement in European politics, Freedom of the Seas, [and] freedom of commerce."

You are invited to click on his name link for details of the life of a President.  He is a 3rd cousin 5X removed of Donald J Plefka.
John Quincy Adams
Also see the relationship chart for his relationship to me.

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John Quincy Adams
  Warren Gamaliel Harding   29th President

Warren Gamaliel Harding (November 2, 1865 August 2, 1923) was the 29th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1921, until his death. Harding died one of the most popular presidents in history, but the subsequent exposure of scandals that took place under him, such as Teapot Dome, eroded his popular regard, as did revelations of an affair by Nan Britton, one of his mistresses. In historical rankings of the U.S. presidents, Harding is often rated among the worst.

Harding was born in Blooming Grove, Ohio. He lived in rural Ohio all his life, except when political service took him elsewhere. He settled in Marion when not yet 20 years old and bought The Marion Star, building it into a successful newspaper. In 1899, he was elected to the Ohio State Senate and, after four years there, successfully ran for lieutenant governor. He was defeated for governor in 1910, but was elected to the Senate in 1914.

You are invited to click on his name link for details of the life of this President.  He is an 11th cousin of Donald J Plefka.
Warren Gamaliel Harding
Also see the relationship chart for his relationship to me.

Note: We are not proud of this man and would be happier if he were not related. But ... That's Life. We can not be selective of our relatives and so take what we get.

 

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Warren Gamaliel Harding
     

 

A Possible Related President
This relationship depends on the unproven Packard line of ancestors. 


Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 April 12, 1945), commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States, from 1933 to 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and dominated his party after 1932 as a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war. His program for relief, recovery and reform, known as the New Deal, involved a great expansion of the role of the federal government in the economy. As a dominant leader of the Democratic Party, he built the New Deal Coalition that brought together and united labor unions, big city machines, white ethnics, African Americans, and rural white Southerners in support of the party. The Coalition significantly realigned American politics after 1932, creating the Fifth Party System and defining American liberalism throughout the middle third of the 20th century.

You are invited to click on his name link for details of the life of this President.  He is a "shirt tail relation to Donald J Plefka, being a 2nd cousin 7X removed of the wife of a 1st cousin 9 X removed.
Also see the relationship chart for his relationship to me.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

Grandpa Don Plefka
aka Harry Ronald Cecora
10/09/2016

 

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