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According to Ancestry.com, the Vice President and the President are actually distant relatives. It is an odd twist of fate that placed both men in the White House seemingly not knowing their relation.
Both President Bush and Vice President Cheney are descendants from Benjamin Butler and Susanna Whiting. This surely makes for some interesting conversations at the White House. In fact, these are not the only presidential or vice presidential offices that are related. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington and James Madison were all related to each other.
This just goes to show for people doing genealogy, it really is a small world!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|