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The American aristocracy? Royalty? Plutocracy?

We have a political aristocracy in America that is increasingly becoming hereditary as well. We scold Syria and belly laugh over North Korea, but we’re in the game too (this is my own very incomplete list, but check out Oligarch Kings for more on the subject).

Anyway, lookee:

  • Senator Prescott Bush
  • his son, Congressman and President GHW Bush
  • his son, Governor and President GW Bush
  • his brother, Governor Jeb Bush
  • Governor and President Bill Clinton
  • his wife, Senator and Sect’y of State Hillary Clinton
  • Governor and Presidential candidate George Romney
  • his son, Governor and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney
  • Congressman and perennial Presidential candidate Ron Paul
  • his son, Senator Rand Paul
  • US Ambassador to England, Joseph P. Kennedy
  • his son, Senator and President John F. Kennedy
  • his brother, Attorney General and Senator and Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy
  • his brother, Senator Ted Kennedy
  • his son, Congressman Patrick Kennedy
  • assorted other Kennedys in State offices
  • NY Governor Mario Cuomo
  • his son, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (married ot RFK’s daughter)
  • California Governor Pat Brown
  • his son, 2-time California Governor Jerry Brown

(Of course, there were the Adamses, father and son, in the early 1800’s and the 20th Century Roosevelts – although their relationship was very distant.)

So, who am I missing?

The Chaplin adds two more 19th century names:

  • President William Henry Harrison
  • his grandson, President Benjamin Harrison

One of the most interesting things about these people is that many of them are interrelated, i.e., one family to another.