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Political dynasties
There's all sorts of talk and complaints about political dynasties, what with Caroline Kennedy possibly getting CLinton's Senate seat, and Biden's son getting his.

There's been a lot of political dynasties in the U.S. Families where multiple member from multiple generations held office. The Longs, the Kennedys, the Roosevelts, etc.

I'm trying to think of any that last longer than three generations and I'm drawing a blank. Anyone have an example of a 4 or more generation political dynasty?
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stryper666 From: stryper666 Date: December 20th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Rockefellers? Although it wasn't always politics...
tiff_seattle From: tiff_seattle Date: December 20th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Bush Family in Power

Samuel P. Bush (1863-1948) - advisor to President Hoover, President of the Ohio Association of Manufacturers and a major Columbus industrialist (Ohio)

Prescott Bush (1895-1972) - US Senator (Connecticut)

Prescott Bush, Jr. (1922-) - US China Chamber of Commerce (Connecticut)

George H. W. Bush (1924-) - 41st President, Congressman (Houston), CIA director (Texas)

George W. Bush (1946-) - 43rd President, 46th Governor of Texas (Texas)

Jeb Bush (1953-) - 43rd Governor of Florida (Florida)
tiff_seattle From: tiff_seattle Date: December 20th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
well i guess "President of the Ohio Association of Manufacturers" is kind of a stretch as far as being the start of a political dynasty
chiaspod From: chiaspod Date: December 20th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
The Tafts of Ohio come to mind.
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gkr From: gkr Date: December 20th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Looking at the list, it looks like only three generations on the national stage.
laurelfan From: laurelfan Date: December 20th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)

go wikipedia

Harrisons (as in presidents William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_political_families_(H)
gkr From: gkr Date: December 20th, 2008 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: go wikipedia

I knew about the two Presidents. Hadn't realized that William Henry's dad was a delegate to the Continental Congress. Or that the grandson of Benjamin was a U.S. Rep. That makes 5 different generations on the national stage.
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