List of Americans of English descent

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This is a list of notable Americans of English descent, including both original immigrants who obtained American citizenship and were the principal founders of the United States, and their American descendants.

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are English American or must have references showing they are English American and are notable.


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Visual Artists[edit]

Assassins, outlaws and criminals[edit]

Astronauts[edit]

Astronomers[edit]

Directors/producers[edit]

Notable descendants of Mayflower passengers[edit]

Entertainment[edit]

Actors[edit]

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Authors and writers[edit]

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Entrepreneurs, executives[edit]

First Ladies of the United States[edit]

Martha Washington was the first lady and wife of first American President George Washington.

(in order by their husband's presidency)

Governors of states[edit]

Historical figures[edit]

Mormon pioneers[edit]

Inventors[edit]

John Pemberton was the inventor of Coca-Cola.
Wright Brothers who are generally credited[1][2][3] with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903.

Journalists[edit]

Military[edit]

Models[edit]

Political figures[edit]

American pornographic film actors[edit]

Presidents of the United States[edit]

A number of the Presidents of the United States have English ancestry.[53] The extent of English ancestry varies in the presidents with earlier presidents being predominantly of colonial English Yankee stock. Later US Presidents ancestry can often be traced to ancestors from multiple nations in Europe, including England.

George Washington (English)
1st President 1789-97 (great-grandfather, John Washington from Purleigh, Essex, England.[54][55])
John Adams (English)
2nd President 1797–1801 (great-great-grandfather, Henry Adams born 1583 Barton St David, Somerset, England, immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts.[56][57])
Thomas Jefferson (Welsh & Scotch-English)
3rd President 1801–1809 (Maternal English ancestry from William Randolph.)
James Madison (English)
4th President 1809-17[58]
John Quincy Adams (English)
6th President 1825-29 (Henry Adams born 1583 Barton St David, Somerset, England.[56][57])
William Harrison (English)
9th President 1841–1841 [59]
John Tyler (English)
10th President 1841–1845 [60]
Zachary Taylor (English)
12th President 1849-50
Millard Fillmore (English)
13th President 1850–1853 [61]
Franklin Pierce (English)
14th President 1853–1857 [62]
Abraham Lincoln (English)
16th President 1861-65 (Samuel Lincoln baptised 1622 in Hingham, Norfolk, England, died in Hingham, Massachusetts.[63][64])
Andrew Johnson (Scotch-Irish & English)
17th President 1865–1869 [65]
Ulysses S. Grant (Scotch-Irish, English & Scottish)
18th President 1869-77
Rutherford Hayes (English)
19th President 1877–1881 [66]
James A. Garfield (English & French)
20th President 1881-81 [67]
Chester A. Arthur (Scotch-Irish & English)
21st President 1881-85
Grover Cleveland (Scotch-Irish & English)
22nd and 24th President 1885-89, 1893–97
Benjamin Harrison (Scotch-Irish & English)
23rd President 1889-93
William McKinley (Scotch-Irish & English)
25th President 1897-1901
Theodore Roosevelt (Scotch-Irish, Dutch, Scotch, English & French)
26th President 1901–1909 [68]
William Taft (Scotch-Irish & English)
27th President 1909–1913 [69]
Woodrow Wilson (Scotch-Irish & English)
28th President 1913–1921 (Wilson's mother Janet was born in Carlisle)
Warren G. Harding (Scotch-Irish & English)
29th President 1921-23
Calvin Coolidge (English)
30th President 1923–1929 [70]
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Dutch, French & English)
32nd President 1933-45
Harry S Truman (Scotch-Irish, English & German)
33rd President 1945-53 (English & Irish descent)
Lyndon B. Johnson (English)
36th President 1963-69
Richard Nixon (Scotch-Irish, Irish, English & German)
37th President 1969-74 (English & Irish descent)
Gerald Ford (English)
38th President 1974-77
Jimmy Carter (Scotch-Irish & English)
39th President 1977-81 (Thomas Carter, Sr. emigrated from England to Isle of Wight County, Virginia.[71])
Ronald Reagan (Scotch-Irish, Irish, English & Scottish)
40th President 1981–1989 [72]
George H. W. Bush (Scotch-Irish & English)
41st President 1989-93
Bill Clinton (Scotch-Irish & English)
42nd President 1993-2001
George W. Bush (Scotch-Irish & English)
43rd President 2001–2009 (Reynold Bush from Messing, Essex, England emigrated in 1631 to Cambridge, Massachusetts.[73])
Barack Obama (Luo, English & Irish)
44th President 2009–Present (His mother Ann Dunham's heritage consists mostly of English & Irish ancestors.[74])

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United States Supreme Court justices[edit]

Vice Presidents of the United States[edit]

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