Top US Political Dynasties

Kennedys, Rockefellers, and Harrisons sit at the top, while newer Bushes rank 6th
By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2009 10:32 AM CDT
Top US Political Dynasties
Joseph Patrick Kennedy (1888-1969) in 1938 with son John Kennedy (1917-1963), and, to his right, his other son Joseph Patrick Kennedy (1915-1944) who was killed while flying in World War II.    (Getty Images)

The Constitution states "no title of nobility shall be granted by the United States," but political dynasties are "as American as apple pie," writes Stephen Hess, who ranks America's top political families in the Washington Post. With one president, three senators, four reps, and a cabinet member, the Kennedys took first place handily.

Close behind, however, were the Roosevelts: Two presidents, one vice president, two governors, and four representatives. The super-rich Rockefellers were third with a vice president, three governors, two senators, and two representatives. The Harrisons and Adamses round out the top five, each with two presidents, but both families seem to have left public office for good. And what of the father-son duo with matching "41" and "43" hates? The relatively new Bush dynasty nabbed sixth place.
(More Edward Kennedy stories.)

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