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William Cullen Bryant

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William Cullen Bryant

American “Fireside” Poet


Who was William Cullen Bryant?

William Cullen Bryant was an American poet and journalist. Although today he is mostly remembered for his poetry, including his most famous poem Thanatopsis, he spent half a century as the Editor-in-Chief and part owner of the New York Evening Post.

Famous Kin

William Cullen Bryant is a descendant of Mayflower passengers John Alden and Francis Cooke. Bryant's mother is a descendant of John Alden, while both of his parents descend separately from Francis Cooke. It also seems only fitting that he have a number of literary cousins including fellow poets Henry David Thoreau and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Presidential family connections include Ulysses S. Grant, William Howard Taft, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, both Presidents Adams, and both Presidents Bush. He also has a connection to the current royal family through a kinship with Princess Diana.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for William Cullen Bryant

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Rainn Wilson

TV and Movie Actor

5th cousin 7 times removed
via John Shaw

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Gary Herbert

17th Governor of Utah

4th cousin 5 times removed
via John Washburn Jr.

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Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.

New York Times Publisher

5th cousin 5 times removed
via John Alden

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Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.

New York Times Publisher

4th cousin 6 times removed
via Mary

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Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.

New York Times Publisher

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Samuel Edson

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Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.

New York Times Publisher

4th cousin 6 times removed
via John Howard

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Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.

New York Times Publisher

4th cousin 5 times removed
via Samuel Washburn

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Arthur Gregg Sulzberger

New York Times Publisher

5th cousin 6 times removed
via John Alden

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Arthur Gregg Sulzberger

New York Times Publisher

4th cousin 7 times removed
via Mary

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Arthur Gregg Sulzberger

New York Times Publisher

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Samuel Edson

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Arthur Gregg Sulzberger

New York Times Publisher

4th cousin 7 times removed
via John Howard

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Arthur Gregg Sulzberger

New York Times Publisher

4th cousin 6 times removed
via Samuel Washburn

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Melville Fuller

8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

5th cousin 2 times removed
via John Alden

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Samuel Cony

31st Governor of Maine

5th cousin 1 time removed
via John Alden

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Samuel Cony

31st Governor of Maine

4th cousin 1 time removed
via John Washburn Jr.

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Samuel Cony

31st Governor of Maine

4th cousin 2 times removed
via Thomas Hayward

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David Ogden Stiers

Broadway, TV and Movie Actor

5th cousin 5 times removed
via John Alden

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William Rush Merriam

11th Governor of Minnesota

7th cousin 2 times removed
via Jacques Mahieu

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William B. Washburn

28th Governor of Massachusetts

4th cousin 1 time removed
via John Washburn Jr.

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Emory Washburn

22nd Governor of Massachusetts

4th cousin
via John Washburn Jr.

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Peter T. Washburn

31st Governor of Vermont

4th cousin 1 time removed
via John Washburn Jr.

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Charles Edward Merrill

Co-Founder of Merrill Lynch & Company

5th cousin 3 times removed
via John Alden

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James Merrill

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

5th cousin 4 times removed
via John Alden

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Jane G. Austin

Author

5th cousin 1 time removed
via John Alden

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Jane G. Austin

Author

5th cousin 1 time removed
via John Shaw

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