Which US Senator are you most closely connected to?

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This week in the Connection Finder, we're featuring US Senators to honor the recent death of Senator Bob Dole.

Featured alongside him are other US Senators:

Who are you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 24.4 million of us who are connected to each other on our big tree you can check with the Connection Finder.

You can check for shared ancestors with the Relationship Finder. Are you a cousin to any of them? Your Relationship Finder Quick Links page (see your profile pull-down menu under "Relationships") has quick links for several notable groups.

Special feature: Check out how you're connected to other Kansas Senators by using the green MyConnections button in the upper right hand corner of the category page. Browse related categories like US Senators from Illinois and Presidents Pro Tempore of the US Senate.

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32 Answers

+9 votes

I am most closely connected to John Glenn at 16 degrees of separation.

by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (516k points)
edited by Tommy Buch
+10 votes
16 degrees from Jean-Noel Destrehan.

16 degrees from Stephen Douglas. 14th cousin 5 times removed. MRCA Thomas de Gresley (bef 1367 - abt 1445).

17 degrees from; Ted Kennedy.

18 degrees from John Jones.

19 degrees from Bob Dole. 13th cousin once removed. MRCA Mary (Berkeley) Johnes (abt 1510 - aft 1567).

19 degrees from John Glenn. 13th cousin once removed. MRCA Elizabeth (Scott) Henderson (abt 1519 - abt 1547).

20 degrees from Margaret Chase Smith. 11th cousin 4 times removed....NOT! Sorry, Wikitree, this relationship has been disproved by the DNA evidence. Testing has shown that the Newberry County South Carolina Pitts are not related to the Isle of Wight Virginia Pitt family.

20 degrees from Rand Paul. 17th cousin once removed. MRCA John Smyth (1370 - 1446).

21 degrees from Edward Brooke.

22 degrees from Everett Dirksen.

26 degrees from Daniel Inouye.
by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 3 (35.7k points)
+9 votes
Stephen Douglas is by far the closest, at 15 degrees.  Just one marriage in between, plus a couple of brother-sister steps.
by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 2 (23.7k points)
+9 votes
I am most closely connected to John Jones at 21 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (121k points)
+10 votes
I'm closest related to Stephen Arnold Douglas, he's my 6th cousin, 6x removed.
by Kae-Leah Williamson G2G6 Mach 1 (11.1k points)
+9 votes
13 degrees from Stephen Douglas (7th cousins, 6x removed)
16 degrees from Jean-Noël Destréhan
19 degrees from Ted Kennedy
19 degrees from John Glenn (20th cousins, 1x removed)
19 degrees from Margaret Chase Smith (10th cousins, 5x removed)
20 degrees from John Jones
21 degrees from Rand Paul (19th cousins, 1x removed)
21 degrees from Bob Dole (10th cousins, 3x removed)
24 degrees from Edward Brooke
24 degrees from Everett Dirksen
25 degrees from Daniel Inouye
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 5 (54.5k points)
edited by Mike Wells
+13 votes
8 degrees from John Glenn (3rd cousin once removed)

14 degrees from John Jones

17 degrees from Jean-Noel Deshehan

17 degrees from Stephen A. Douglas

18 degrees from Bob Dole

19 degrees from Margaret Chase Smith

19 degrees from Ted Kennedy

20 degrees from Rand Paul

20 degrees from Everett Dirksen

22 degrees from Edward Brooke

24 degrees from Andre Laubscher

25 degrees from Daniel Inouye
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Pilot (168k points)
+9 votes
18 degrees from Stephen Douglas, Ted Kennedy and Margaret Chase Smith and 19 degrees from Rand Paul.
by Roger Stong G2G6 Pilot (269k points)
+10 votes
The closest that I'm connected to is Stephen Douglas. He's my 13th cousin 6times removed. Quite a distance.
by Megan Woodward G2G6 (6.5k points)
+9 votes
RIP cousin and fellow Kansan Bob Dole. Other cousins on the list: Margaret Smith, Stephen Douglas, John Glenn, and Rand Paul.
by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (218k points)
+10 votes
15 degrees from Ted Kennedy but not kin

16 degrees from John Glenn & Stephen Douglas, both are 9th cousins (1 & 5x removed respectively)
by Melissa Wilson G2G5 (5.5k points)
+9 votes
My results:

24 degrees from Bob Dole,

27 degrees from Edward Brooke,

23 degrees from Margaret Chase Smith,

22 degrees from Jean-Noël Destréhan,

28 degrees from Everett Dirksen,

20 degrees from Stephen Douglas,

21 degrees from John Glenn,

27 degrees from Daniel Inouye,

21 degrees from John Jones,

24 degrees from Ted Kennedy,

25 degrees from Rand Paul
by Eileen Robinson G2G6 Mach 3 (35.1k points)
+8 votes

Jean-Noël Destréhan is 15 Degrees from Virginia Fields

This is through my husband's line and his family is all from Louisiana and Acadia.
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (750k points)
+7 votes
Degrees and kinship:

14 degrees: Stephen Arnold Douglas, 8th cousins 4x removed

17 degrees: Margaret Chase Smith, 17th cousins 1x removed and Bob Dole, 17th cousins 5x removed

21 degrees: John Glenn, 19th cousins 2x removed
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (564k points)
+8 votes

For a few weeks I'm 15 degrees from Nathaniel P. Hill, if that counts?

by Florian Straub G2G6 Mach 3 (35.3k points)
+8 votes
  • 16 degrees from Stephen Douglas
  • 19 degrees from Margaret Chase Smith
  • 20 degrees from Jean-Noël Destréhan
  • 21 degrees from Ted Kennedy
  • 21 degrees from Bob Dole
  • 22 degrees from John Glenn
  • 23 degrees from John Jones
  • 25 degrees from Everett Dirksen
  • 25 degrees from Rand Paul
  • 26 degrees from Daniel Inouye
  • 26 degrees from Edward Brooke
  • 28 degrees from André Laubscher
by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (560k points)
+7 votes
I found that I am related to Margaret Chase Smith. She is my 10th cousin three times removed.  Not close enough to have been mentioned in the Will, I would guess.
by Candyce Fulford G2G6 Mach 3 (35.2k points)

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