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None of my ancestors was famous in his or her own right outside of the community or colony. However, at least fourteen world famous men also share these ancestors. Those that I'm aware of (in alphabetical order), together with our most recent common ancestors, are listed below:
Leon Leonwood BEAN, Clothing manufacturer and retailer: Lt. John & Mary (TUCK) SANBORN .
Lewis CASS, Brigadier General in War of 1812, Governor of Territory of Michigan, U. S. Senator from Michigan, Secretary of War under Andrew Jackson, Secretary of State under James Buchanan, Minister to France:Thomas & Elizabeth (KNAPP) PHILBRICK.
Sir Winston CHURCHILL, KG (1953), Prime Minister of England, 1940-45 and 1951-55: Thomas & Elizabeth (KNAPP) PHILBRICK.
>James Byron DEAN, American movie actor: Christopher & Theodate (BACHILER) HUSSEY.
Henry DEARBORN, Congressman, Secretary of War under Thomas Jefferson, Major General in War of 1812, Minister to Portugal: Simon & Sarah (MARSTON) DEARBORN.
Herbert Henry DOW, founder of Dow Chemical Company (and grandson of the author of "History of Hampton"): Henry & Hannah (PAGE) DOW.
Samuel Gardner DRAKE, A founder (1 of 5) and an early icon of the NEHGS and NEH&GR: Abraham & Theodate (ROBIE) DRAKE.
Millard FILLMORE, 13th President of the U. S.: William & Susannah (Unknown) TILTON.
Gerald R. FORD, Jr., Congressman, Vice President, 38th President of the U. S.: Lt. John & Mary (TUCK) SANBORN.
Louis Dearborn L'AMOUR, American "westerns" novelist: Lt. John & Mary (TUCK) SANBORN.
Dr. William Moulton MARSTON, inventor of the lie detector and, as "Charles Moulton," creator of the comic book heroine, Wonder Woman: Thomas & Mary (EASTOW) MARSTON.
Richard M. NIXON, Congressman, Senator, Vice President, 37th President of the U. S.: Christopher & Theodate (BACHILER) HUSSEY.
William Rodman (Rod) PHILBRICK, accomplished contemporary author of fiction novels: Thomas & Elizabeth (KNAPP) PHILBRICK.
Daniel WEBSTER, Congressman, Secretary of State under Presidents Harrison, Tyler, and Fillmore: Thomas & Sarah (BREWER) WEBSTER.
Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" WILLIAMS, Premier American playwright: John & Anne (GREENE) MOULTON.