Stanley Armour Dunham

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Stanley Armour Dunham
Born (1918-03-23)March 23, 1918
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Died February 8, 1992(1992-02-08) (aged 73)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Buried at Punchbowl National Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of War.png United States Army
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank US Army WWII SGT.svg Sergeant
Unit 1830th Ordnance Supply and Maintenance Company
Third Army
Battles/wars World War II
Relations Madelyn Payne Dunham (spouse)
Stanley Ann Dunham (daughter)
Barack Obama (grandson)
Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr. and Ruth Lucille Armour (parents)[1]
Other work Salesman

Stanley Armour Dunham (March 23, 1918 – February 8, 1992) was the maternal grandfather of U.S. President Barack Obama. He and his wife Madelyn Payne Dunham raised Obama from the age of 10 in Honolulu, Hawaii.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Dunham was born in Wichita, Kansas, the younger of two sons to Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr. (December 25, 1894, Sumner County, Kansas - October 4, 1970, Wichita, Kansas) and Ruth Lucille Armour (September 1, 1900, Illinois - November 25, 1926, Wichita, Kansas). His father's ancestors settled in Kempton, Indiana in the 1840s, before relocating to Kansas.[4] His parents were married on October 3, 1915 at a home on South Saint Francis St. in Wichita, and opened The Travelers' Cafe on William St. situated between the old firehouse and the old Wichita City Hall.[5][6]

On November 25, 1926, at age 8, Dunham discovered his mother's body after she had committed suicide. Following his mother's suicide, his father placed Stanley and his older brother Ralph Emerson Dunham, Jr. in the care of their maternal grandparents in El Dorado, Kansas.[7] A rebellious teenager, Stanley allegedly punched his high school principal and spent some time drifting, hopping rail cars to Chicago, then California, then back again.[8] Dunham married Madelyn Lee Payne on May 5, 1940, the night of Madelyn's senior prom.[9]

Career[edit]

World War II[edit]

Stanley Dunham, daughter Ann Dunham, grandchildren Maya and Barack

Dunham enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army on January 18, 1942, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and served in the European Theatre of World War II with the 1830th Ordnance Supply and Maintenance Company, Aviation. During D-Day, this unit helped to support the 9th Air Force. Stanley and his brother Ralph were deployed to France six weeks after D-Day.[10] Before the Invasion of Normandy, the Dunhams once met accidentally as Stanley went in search of rations at Hotel Russell in London, where his sibling Ralph happened to be staying.[10] Madelyn gave birth to a daughter they named Stanley Ann, who was later known as Ann, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita on November 29, 1942. During the war, Madelyn Dunham worked on a Boeing B-29 assembly line in Wichita.[11][12]

Post-World War II[edit]

After two years of military service in Europe (1943–1945), Dunham was discharged from the U.S. Army on August 30, 1945. After the war, the family moved to Berkeley, California and then eventually back to El Dorado, Kansas, where Stanley managed a furniture store. In 1955, Stanley and Madelyn moved to Seattle, Washington, where he worked as a salesman for the Standard-Grunbaum Furniture Company, where their daughter Stanley Ann attended Eckstein Middle School. They lived in an apartment in the Wedgewood Estates in the Wedgwood, Seattle neighborhood. In 1956 they moved to the Shorewood Apartments on Mercer Island, a Seattle suburb, where they lived until 1960 and where their daughter Ann attended Mercer Island High School. In 1957 Stanley began working for the Doces Majestic Furniture Company.[13][14][15]

Hawaii[edit]

The Dunhams then moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where Stanley found a better furniture store opportunity. Madelyn started working at the Bank of Hawaii in 1960, and was promoted as one of the first female bank vice presidents in 1970.[16][17]

In Barack Obama's memoir, Dreams From My Father, he mentions, "One of my earliest memories is of sitting on my grandfather's shoulders as the astronauts from one of the Apollo missions arrived at Hickam Air Force Base after a successful splashdown." After the Obama marriage fell apart, the young Barack spent four years with his mother and stepfather in Jakarta, Indonesia. He returned to Honolulu at age ten to live with his maternal grandparents in the Makiki district and enrolled in the fifth grade at the Punahou School. The tuition fees for the prestigious preparatory school were paid with the aid of scholarships. Ann would later come back to Hawaii and pursue graduate studies; she eventually earned a PhD in anthropology and went on to be employed on development projects in Indonesia and around the world helping impoverished women obtain microfinance. When she returned to Indonesia in 1977 for her Masters' fieldwork, Obama stayed in the United States with his grandparents. Obama writes in his memoir, Dreams From My Father, "I’d arrived at an unspoken pact with my grandparents: I could live with them and they'd leave me alone so long as I kept my trouble out of sight."[18][19]

Death[edit]

Dunham died in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1992 and is interred in the Punchbowl National Cemetery. His widow Madelyn took care of their daughter in Hawaii in the months before Ann died in 1995 at age 52.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Dunham's heritage consists of English and Irish and other European ancestors who settled in the American colonies during the 17th and 18th centuries. Stanley is a direct descendent of Jonathan Singletary Dunham a prominent early American settler who left the Plymouth Colony to build the first gristmill in New Jersey.

The most recent native European ancestor was Falmouth Kearney, a farmer who emigrated from Moneygall, County Offaly, Ireland, during the Great Irish Famine and settled in Jefferson Township, Tipton County, Indiana, United States. Kearney's youngest daughter, Mary Ann (Kearney) Dunham, was Stanley Dunham's paternal grandmother.[20]

Stanley Armour Dunham’s distant cousins include six U.S. presidents: James Madison, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.[21] Through a common ancestor, Mareen Duvall, a wealthy Huguenot merchant who emigrated to Maryland in the 1650s, Stanley Dunham is related to former Vice-President Dick Cheney (an eighth cousin once removed).[6] Through another common ancestor, Hans Gutknecht, a Swiss German from Bischwiller, Alsace whose three sons resettled in Germantown, Pennsylvania as well as the Kentucky frontier in the mid-18th century, Stanley Dunham is President Harry S. Truman's fourth cousin, twice removed.[22][23][24] Stanley Dunham and Wild Bill Hickock are sixth cousins, four times removed, through Jacob Dunham.[25]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jacob Mackey Dunham
(1824–1907)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jacob William Dunham
(1863–1930)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Louise Eliza Stroup
(1837–1901)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson Dunham, Sr.
(1894–1970)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Falmouth Kearney
(b. Moneygall, Ireland 1832–1878)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mary Ann Kearney
(1869–1936)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charlotte Holloway
(1834–1877)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stanley Armour Dunham
(1918–1992)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
George W Armour
(1849–1889)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harry Ellington Armour
(1874–1953)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nancy Ann Childress
(1848–1924)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ruth Lucille Armour
(1900–1926)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christopher Columbus Clark
(1845–1937)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gabriella Clark
(1876–1966)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Susan Catherine Overall
(1849–1906)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stanley Ann Dunham
(1942–1995)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benjamin F Payne
(1839–1878)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charles Thomas Payne
(1861–1940)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eliza C Black
(1837–1921)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rolla Charles Payne
(1892–1968)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robert Wolfley
(1834–1895)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Della L Wolfley
(1863–1906)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rachel Abbott
(1835–1911)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Madelyn Lee Payne
(1922–2008)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harbin Wilburn McCurry
(1823–1899)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thomas Creekmore McCurry
(1850–1939)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elizabeth Edna Creekmore
(1827–1918)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leona Belle McCurry
(1897–1968)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joseph Samuel Wright
(1834–1918)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Margaret Belle Wright
(1869–1935)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Frances Ann Allred
(1834–1918)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ancestry chart source: New England Historic Genealogical Society[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Powell, Kimberly. "Ancestry of Barack Obama - Fourth Generation". About.com. Retrieved March 19, 2008. 
  2. ^ Scott, Janny (March 14, 2008). "A free-spirited wanderer who set Obama’s path". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved February 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Obama had Multiethnic Existence in Hawaii:". February 6, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2008. 
  4. ^ See The Dunham House.
  5. ^ Peters, Susan (January 22, 2008). "President Obama: From Kansas to the Capital". KAKE-TV. Retrieved June 1, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Fornek, Scott (September 9, 2007). "Mareen Duvall: No More Striking Figure". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  7. ^ Fornek, Scott (September 9, 2007). "Mareen Duvall: No More Striking Figure". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Obama's Gramps: Gazing skyward on D-Day". Retrieved June 6, 2009. 
  9. ^ Jones, Tim (March 27, 2007). "Obama's mom: Not just a girl from Kansas". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on November 24, 2007. Retrieved March 22, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b Benac, Nancy (May 31, 2009). "Obama's Gramps: Backing Patton's army after D-Day". Associated Press. Retrieved June 1, 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Obama seeks foothold in America's heartland". Kansas City Star. January 29, 2008. Retrieved March 22, 2008. 
  12. ^ Zeleny, Jeff (November 4, 2008). "Madelyn Dunham, Obama's grandmother, dies at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  13. ^ Dougherty, Phil (February 7, 2009). "Stanley Ann Dunham, mother of Barack Obama, graduates from Mercer Island High School in June 1960". Retrieved February 10, 2009. 
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ Murray, Shailagh (November 3, 2008). "Obama's Grandmother Dies". Washington Post. Retrieved November 3, 2008. 
  17. ^ Nakaso, Dan (March 30, 2008). "Obama's tutu a female pioneer in Hawaii banking". Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved April 4, 2008. 
  18. ^ a b Scott, Janny (March 14, 2008). "A Free-Spirited Wanderer Who Set Obama’s Path". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2008. 
  19. ^ Meacham, Jon (August 23, 2008). "What Barack Obama Learned from His Father". Newsweek. p. 3. Retrieved October 24, 2008. 
  20. ^ Fornek, Scott (September 9, 2007). "Falmouth Kearney". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  21. ^ "President Barack Obama's Ancestors and Kinships". Retrieved June 6, 2009. 
  22. ^ Forek, Scott (September 9, 2007). "CHRISTIAN GUTKNECHT-GOODNIGHT: 'The dark and bloody ground'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved March 20, 2009. 
  23. ^ Harneis, Robert (January 20, 2009). "Goodnight Mr. President". French News. Retrieved March 20, 2009. 
  24. ^ Fornek, Scott (September 9, 2007). "Catherine Goodnight Dunham:Six degrees of Barack Obama". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 26, 2009. 
  25. ^ Boston Genealogical Society Confirms Obama and "Wild Bill" Hickok Are Cousins New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008-07-30. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  26. ^ "Partial Ancestor Table: President Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.". New England Historic Genealogical Society. Retrieved June 11, 2009. 

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