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John McCain

Ancestry of
John McCain

U.S. Senator from Arizona


Who is John McCain?

John McCain is a U.S. Senator from Arizona. He was the son and grandson of four-star admirals in the U.S. Navy. John McCain was a naval aviator during the Vietnam War piloting ground-attack aircraft off of the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. In 1967 he was seriously injured when he was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese. He remained a prisoner of war until 1973 and experienced multiple episodes of torture while in captivity. In 2008 he was the Republican presidential nominee in the race for U.S. President. He lost the election to Sen. Barack Obama.

Famous Kin

Senator John McCain has a number of kinships to former presidents of the United States including George Washington, James Madison, William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and both Presidents Bush. Most of his famous kin are through royal connections that include King Henry VIII and a few of his wives, and more recently Queen Elizabeth II and the late Princess Diana.

John McCain has a few kinships to signers of the Declaration of Independence that include Benjamin Harrison V, Robert Treat Paine, Thomas Nelson, Caesar Rodney, William Floyd, Roger Sherman, and William Ellery.

False Claims

Actress Anjelica Huston

There are a number of online sources that claim that Sen. John McCain and actress Anjelica Huston are cousins through their common ancestors of Joseph Scales and Mary Fox. The most prominent of these claims is on the late William Reitwiesner's website wargs.com. Unfortunately the claim is false as the connection from Anjelica Huston becomes invalid with the proposed parentage of her great-grandfather John Gore.

The claim is that John Gore, who married Adelia Richardson, was the son of Edward Gore and Mary Jane Camp. However primary sources show that their son John actually married Cora C. Miller in 1884 and remained married to her into the mid-1900s. Anjelica Huston's great-grandfather was the son of William C. Goar (Gore) and Jane Farley, both of Virginia.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for John McCain

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

13th cousin 2 times removed
via John Brome

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John Dye

TV and Movie Actor - “Touched by an Angel”

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Walter Blount

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

21st cousin
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

18th cousin
via John de Welles

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

21st cousin
via Sir William de Montagu

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Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor

6th cousin 13 times removed
via Diego Gomez de Toledo

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

21st cousin
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

18th cousin 1 time removed
via John de Welles

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

20th cousin 1 time removed
via John de Botetourte

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

14th cousin 1 time removed
via John Brome

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir William de Boteler

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

19th cousin 1 time removed
via William de Ros

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Bartholomew de Badlesmere

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

12th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard Vere

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

11th cousin 2 times removed
via Richard Cave

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

20th cousin
via Sir Nicholas Audley

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir John Howard

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T. S. Eliot

Poet and Playwright

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Bartholomew de Badlesmere

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T. S. Eliot

Poet and Playwright

16th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir William Stradling

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Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator from Colorado

16th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Baldwin Freville

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John D. Rockefeller

Founder of the Standard Oil Company

15th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Thomas Blount

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John D. Rockefeller

Founder of the Standard Oil Company

20th cousin
via Sir Thebaud de Verdun

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Nelson Rockefeller

41st U.S. Vice-President

17th cousin
via Sir Thomas Blount

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Winthrop Rockefeller

37th Governor of Arkansas

17th cousin
via Sir Thomas Blount

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Gretchen Mol

TV and Movie Actress

18th cousin 3 times removed
via John de Welles

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