Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Presidential Royalty Theory Holds True for George Bush

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Presidential Royalty Theory Holds True for George Bush

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Here's an interesting footnote to the recent presidential election in the United States.

A couple of years ago, I ran across an article that said, "The presidential candidate with the greatest number of royal genes has always been the victor, without exception, since George Washington."

In that article, it said that former President Clinton and candidate Bob Dole are distant cousins. Both claim descent from King Henry II of England and Presidents William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison.

Bill Clinton has more royal blood than Dole as he is directly descended from King Robert I of France and is related to every Scottish monarch and even the current royal family of the United Kingdom.

So, when the latest presidential election came along, I was very interested to see if the rule would hold true once again.

George W. Bush's ancestry was traced, of course, when his father won the election. His immigrant ancestor came to America in the 17th century from Messing, a little village near Colchester, Essex, England. Reynold Bush, the son of a yeoman farmer, emigrated to America in 1631, to live in Cambridge, Mass.

Burke's Peerage suggested early on that Bush would be the winner. "The candidate with the most royal blood has always been the victor. Mr. Bush has twice as many royal connections as Mr. Al Gore," said publishing director Harold Brooks-Baker. "Although never in the history of the United States have two presidential candidates been endowed with so many royal connections, our final research proves that Governor Bush will be President-elect Bush on Nov. 7." (This was obviously written before the closeness of the vote was known.)

Bush is related to every European monarch on and off the throne -- from the King of Albania to Sweden's House of Bernadotte -- and has kinship with every member of Britain's royal family, the House of Windsor. Bush is the 13th cousin of Britain's queen mother and his family tree can be documented back to the early 15th century. …

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