The Most Famous Political Families in the United States

With newspapers running stories that several of Donald Trump’s children may enter the political arena, now might be a good time to look back at some of the famous families that came first. These families serve as political dynasties and work together to improve everything from the educational system to working conditions.



John F. Kennedy remains one of the most popular American Presidents of all time. He is also the last President assassinated while in office. JFK also served as a Senator and a member of the House of Representatives. His cousin Ted was a Senator for more than four decades, and like Mike Crapo and his own brother, his brother Robert was a politician too. Some reports even indicated that his son had political aspirations prior to his death. The Kennedy family ranks as one of the most notable of all American families.



In addition to serving as the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton was also the Attorney General of Arkansas and later the Governor of Arkansas. After leaving office, his wife Hillary became a New York Senator and later the Secretary of State. She launched an unsuccessful campaign for president in 2016 and came closer to the White House than any other woman in history. Though the two only had one daughter, there are some reports that Chelsea may launch a campaign in the future to become a Senator or join the House of Representatives.



The Bush family is one of a select group of families to have both a father and son elected President of the United States. George H.W. Bush served as Vice President under Ronald Reagan before becoming President himself. His son George W. Bush later became President himself. The family also has two members working on national television shows. Another family member is Jeb Bush. He was the Secretary of Commerce in Florida before serving as the Governor of Florida for eight years. Jeb also ran for President during the 2016 primaries. Had he won and become President, the Bush family would be the only family that had both two sons and a father in the White House.


Other Famous Families

Other famous political families include the Roosevelt and Taft families. Both Franklin Roosevelt and his cousin Teddy Roosevelt held the position of American President. Franklin’s wife Eleanor also had a deep interest in and passion for politics. The Taft family included former President William Howard Taft and Lydia Taft. Lydia was the first woman in the United States to vote. John Adams became the second American President and later saw his son, John Quincy Adams, became the sixth President too.


The 2016 Presidential election was one of the most interesting elections in history. Both the candidates fought hard and had their families standing by their sides, and both have children interested in going into politics too. Looking back at some of the more famous presidential families will give you an idea of those that came before. You’ll find family trees that include other political branches too like the Crapo family, which has a former House of Representatives member and a current Senator on its branches. As the political arena keeps changing, you may see more famous names joining some upcoming races.

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