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An IP has twice added the following to the "Biography" section of the article:
"His great-grandson was the legendary actor/filmmaker Orson Welles, famous for such classics as Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Touch of Evil, and The Trial, as well as his infamous The War of the Worlds Halloween radio broadcast in 1938, which convinced many people that Martians actually had invaded the Earth."
While I could possibly see a single sentence reference to Orson Welles in a legacy section (if the article had one), it has no place in the main body of the article and there is certainly no need to elaborate on his major works -- anybody who is interested in Orson Welles can follow the link to his own article. I invite the IP to justify here why his/her proposed edit is appropriate to an article on an 19th Century politician. Tom (North Shoreman) (talk) 02:09, 27 December 2009 (UTC)
Just before reading this, I had added a single line under a "Legacy" heading indicating that Gideon Welles was the great-grandfather of Orson Welles, which is very appropriate. It's quite a legacy, leaving us Orson Welles; few could match it. I think it's vitally important that we mention it but that to do it this way is entirely appropriate. Gideon Orson (talk) 04:53, 17 January 2012 (UTC)
Orson Welles' article says that that is an urban legend and that Orson Welles was not the grandson of Gideon Welles.--188.8.131.52 (talk) 03:18, 15 May 2012 (UTC)