Henry A. Wallace
33rd U.S. Vice-President
Who was Henry A. Wallace?
Henry A. Wallace was the 33rd Vice President of the United States, the 10th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and the 11th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He was a somewhat controversial choice when President Franklin D. Roosevelt chose him to be his Vice Presidential running mate in 1940. The Democratic Convention erupted in boos when he was announced. Only after Roosevelt threatened to decline the nomination was he finally accepted by the convention.
Henry Wallace was the Vice President during most of World War II, but was dropped for Roosevelt's final term in favor of Harry S. Truman. Henry Wallace later left the Democratic Party to become the Progressive Party's candidate in the 1948 U.S. presidential election.
Henry Wallace has kinship to a number of U.S. Presidents including his 1940 running mate Franklin D. Roosevelt. Others include Ulysses S. Grant, and both Presidents Bush. It also seems fitting that he would have another U.S. Vice President in his family tree, the 27th U.S. Vice President James Sherman. He also has royal connections through a kinship with the late Princess Diana.
One of the more interesting family connections for Henry Wallace is his kinship to the French writer and philosopher Voltaire, with their common ancestor being Hélénus Arouet of France. Other literary kin for Henry Wallace include poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and authors Louis Auchincloss, John Steinbeck, Clarence Day, Thomas Pynchon, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Ernest Hemingway. He also has a number of celebrity kin including Kyra Sedgwick, Shirley Temple, Alec Baldwin, Howard Hawks, Humphrey Bogart, and Katharine Hepburn.
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