Co-Founder of The Walt Disney Company
Who was Walt Disney?
Walt Disney was born December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, to Elias and Flora (Call) Disney. Less than a decade earlier Walt's father Elias Disney had come to Chicago and found work on the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. It has been suggested that the exposition was a source of inspiration for Walt Disney's amusement park that would become Disneyland.
Walt, along with his brother Roy Disney, founded on Octover 16, 1923, the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio which would eventually become The Walt Disney Company. It was from these studios that the immortal characters of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and countless others originated.
It is through his mother Flora (Call) Disney that Walt Disney is related to so many famous kin. One of the closest relationships is to Samuel Morse, the co-inventor of Morse Code, who is a 3rd cousin 3 times removed.
In addition he is related to a number of Presidents, the closest of which are Franklin Pierce, James Garfield and Calvin Coolidge, not to mention former Vice-President Dick Cheney.
More distantly, Presidents George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, both George Bushs and Barack Obama are all cousins.
As a decendant of Charlemagne and Alfred the Great, Walt Disney also boasts a Royal kinship to both Prince William and his wife Catherine Middleton.
There are many more family relationships for Walt Disney that are too numerous to mention here. A small sampling includes Robert E. Lee, Helen Keller, Meriwether Lewis, and the Roosevelts (Eleanor, Franklin, and Theodore).
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