Family Link Found Between Obama and Scott Brown: 10th Cousins

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brown-obamaPresident Obama has found another long-lost cousin: Scott Brown, the Republican state senator from Massachusetts who won the Senate seat long held by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.The president and the senator-elect are 10th cousins, according to the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Brown’s victory Jan. 19 over Democratic candidate Martha Coakley cost the Democrats their filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and may have jeopardized passage of Obama’s top legislative priority — a healthcare overhaul.

Despite the political chasm that separates the two men, however, Obama and Brown have at least one solid family link.

The New England genealogy experts report that Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and Brown’s mother, Judith Ann Rugg, both descended from Richard Singletary of Haverhill, Mass. He died in 1687 at 102.

Obama descends from Singletary’s eldest son, Jonathan, who later changed his last name to Dunham. Brown descends from Singletary’s other son, Nathaniel.

Brown said of his family ties to Obama: “I’m glad to be in such distinguished company.”

In 2008, the society discovered that Obama is related to seven previous presidents: George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman and James Madison.

It also learned he was related to actor Brad Pitt and investor Warren Buffet.

{LA Times/Noam Newscenter}


  1. I’m glad I’m a Yid so I’m for sure not related to him. Maybe I’m related to his brother that claims to have a Jewish mother?

  2. 4, you are dumb. brown is related to obamas mother who is a white american, much more american and white than any of us eastern european refugees. secondly, obamas father came to the us much long after the african slaves.

  3. Hey #4. Stop showing your ignorance.

    You are the one who is a descendent of slaves. In Egypt, Babylon, Rome, explusion from Spain, exile of the ten tribes, etc, etc. and the list goes on. Perhaps you need to pull out your Haggadah and read up on Jewish History. 🙂

    I have no idea why certain Jews like to make fun of the African slave trade. African-Americans were slaves for a short period of time in history. The Jewish people have been slaves to many nations over and over and over again. I don’t get what there is to feel superior about. Are you jealous that the Slaves Traders went to great expense to obtain the African slaves while the Jews are always getting expelled from countries???? Does it bother you that the African slaves were wanted and the Jews unfortunately are usually not wanted??

    Do you have a problem with rejection??? Or do you have a great need to make stupid comments that reflect badly on the Jewish People??

    If anything you should read the Haggadah and feel great pride that Hashem Himself took us out of Egypt and gave us the Torah. Take a good look at what has befallen the African-American community post-slavery in America. It is a good reminder to be thankful to Hashem. We could still be in Egypt as Jews living with all of the social issues that African-Americans have to contend with in America.

    No matter how bad things get for us we always know that sooner or later Hashem will get us out of it.

    #1. You only say “claims to have a Jewish mother” because he has dark skin. If he was white and rich, you and every other Jew would be at his doorstep trying to enlighten him about his heritage and pick his pockets for every cent he has in the form of tzedakah. Ouch!! The truth hurts!!

    I apologize for this rant but sometimes y’all get on my nerves.


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