List of United States political families (P)

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The following is an alphabetical list of political families in the United States whose last name begins with P.

Contents

The Packers[edit]

  • Daniel Packer (1783–1838), Connecticut State Senator 1831. Uncle of Asa Packer.[1]
    • Asa Packer (1805–1879), Pennsylvania State Representative 1841–42, Judge of Carbon County, Pennsylvania 1843–48; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 1853–57; candidate for Democratic nomination for President of the United States 1868; candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania 1869. Nephew of Daniel Packer.[2]
    • Josef Marie Piollet, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1876. Brother-in-law of Asa Packer.[3]
      • R.A. Packer (1842–1883), delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1876. Son of Asa Packer.[4]

The Packwoods[edit]

  • William H. Packwood, delegate to the Oregon Constitutional Convention 1857. Great-grandfather of Robert W. Packwood.[5]
    • Robert W. Packwood (born 1932), Chairman of the Multnomah County, Oregon Republican Party 1960–62; Oregon State Representative 1963–68; U.S. Senator from Oregon 1969–95; delegate to the Republican National Convention 1972. Great-grandson of William H. Packwood.[6]

The Pages[edit]

  • John Page (1628–1692), member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. Ancestor of John Page Mann Page, and Thomas Nelson Page.
    • John Page (1743–1808), member of the Virginia Legislature, U.S. Representative from Virginia 1789–97, Governor of Virginia 1802–05. Descendant of John Page.
    • Mann Page (1749–1781), Delegate to the Continental Congress from Virginia 1777. Descendant of John Page.
    • Thomas Nelson Page (1853–1922), U.S. Ambassador to Italy 1913–19. Descendant of John Page.

NOTE: John Page's grandson, Mann Page I, was also son-in-law of Virginia Colony Governor Robert Carter I; Page's great-grandson, John, was also grandson-in-law of Virginia House of Burgesses member William Byrd I. Thomas Nelson Page is also a direct descendant of Continental Congressional Delegate Thomas Nelson, Jr..

The Pages of North Carolina[edit]

The Paines[edit]

  • Elijah Paine (1757–1842), member of the Vermont Legislature, Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court 1791–93, U.S. Senator from Vermont 1795–1801. Father of Charles Paine.[9]
    • Charles Paine (1799–1853), Vermont State Representative 1828–29, Governor of Vermont 1841–43. Son of Elijah Paine.[10]

The Paines and Treats[edit]

  • Robert Treat (1622–1710), Governor of Connecticut Colony 1683–98. Great-grandfather of Robert Treat Paine.[11]
    • Robert Treat Paine (1731–1814), Delegate to the Continental Congress from Massachusetts 1774–78, Massachusetts State Representative 1777, Attorney General of Massachusetts 1777–90, Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court 1790–1804. Great-grandson of Robert Treat.[12]

The Palmers and Haynes[edit]

  • John Palmer (1785–1840), U.S. Representative from New York 1817–19 1837–39, District Attorney in New York 1818–32, Judge of Clinton County, New York 1832–37. Uncle of George William Palmer.[13]
    • George William Palmer (1818–1916), U.S. Representative from New York 1857–61, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1864, U.S. Consul to Crete, New York Assemblyman 1884–85. Nephew of John Palmer.[14]
    • William Elisha Haynes (1829–1914), U.S. Representative from Ohio 1889–93. Cousin of George William Palmer.[15]

The Palmers and Witherells[edit]

  • Benjamin F.H. Witherell (1797–1867), Justice of the Peace in Michigan, Recorder of Detroit, Michigan; delegate to the Michigan Constitutional Convention 1850; Probate Court Judge in Michigan 1834–35; Prosecuting Attorney of Wayne County, Michigan 1835–39; Michigan State Senator 1840–41; candidate for Mayor of Detroit, Michigan 1842; Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court; District Court Judge of Michigan; Circuit Court Judge in Michigan 1858–66; Recorder's Court Judge in Michigan 1862–64. Uncle of Thomas W. Palmer.[16]
    • Thomas W. Palmer (1830–1913), Michigan State Senator 1879–80, U.S. Senator from Michigan 1883–89, U.S. Minister to Spain 1889–90. Nephew of Benjamin F.H. Witherell.[17]

The Pardees[edit]

  • Jared Whitfield Pardee (1792–1867), Probate Court Judge in Connecticut, Connecticut State Representative 1830–31. Third cousin of Aaron Pardee.[18]
  • Aaron Pardee (1808–1898), Ohio State Senator 1850–53. Third cousin of Jared Whitfield Pardee.[19]
  • Henry Pardee (1796–1862), New York Assemblyman 1836–37, 1844–51. Fourth cousin of Jared Whitfield Pardee.[20]
  • Tracy Pardee (1807–1883), New York Assemblyman 1848–49. Fourth cousin of Jared Whitfield Pardee.[21]
    • Dwight W. Pardee (1822–1893), Connecticut State Senator 1858–59, Superior Court Judge in Connecticut 1863–73, Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court 1873–90. Son of Jared Whitfield Pardee.[22]
    • Enoch H. Pardee (1826–1896), California Assemblyman 1871–73, Mayor of Oakland, California 1876–78. Third cousin once removed of Jared Whitfield Pardee.[23]
    • Don Albert Pardee (1837–1919), District Court Judge in Louisiana 1868–80, delegate to the Louisiana Constitutional Convention 1879, candidate for Attorney General of Louisiana 1880, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals 1881–1919. Third cousin once removed of Jared Whitfield Pardee.[24]
      • George Pardee (1857–1941), Mayor of Oakland, California 1893–95; Governor of California 1903–07; delegate to the Republican National Convention 1912. Son of Enoch H. Pardee.[25]

The Parfitts[edit]

  • Harold Parfitt was Governor of the Panama Canal Zone 1975–79.
    • Karen Parfitt Hughes, daughter of Harold, is U.S. Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, and has been an adviser and speechwriter for Republican Presidents since Reagan.[26]

The Parkers[edit]

  • James Parker (1776–1868), New Jersey Assemblyman 1806–10 1812–13 1815–16 1818–27, Mayor of Perth Amboy, New Jersey 1815–50; Collector of Customs of Perth Amboy, New Jersey 1829–33; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1833–37; delegate to the New Jersey Constitutional Convention 1844. Father of Cortlandt Parker.[27]
    • Cortlandt Parker (1818–1907), delegate to the Republican National Convention 1868. Son of James Parker.[28]
      • Richard W. Parker (1848–1923), New Jersey Assemblyman 1885–86, U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1895–1911 1914–19 1921–23. Son of Cortlandt Parker.[29]
      • Charles Wolcott Parker (1862–1948), District Court Judge in New Jersey 1898–1903, Circuit Court Judge in New Jersey 1903–07, Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court 1907–47. Son of Cortlandt Parker.[30]

The Parkers of Georgia[edit]

  • Hampton Cling Parker, Georgia State Senator 1882–83. Grandfather of Homer C. Parker.[31]
    • Homer C. Parker (1885–1946), Mayor of Statesboro, Georgia 1924–27; U.S. Representative from Georgia 1931–35; Comptroller General of Georgia 1936–37 1941–46. Grandson of Hampton Cling Parker.[32]

The Parkers of Virginia[edit]

  • Richard Parker (1729–1813), member of the Westmoreland County, Virginia Committee of Safety; Virginia House Delegate; Judge of the Virginia General Court; Judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals. Grandfather of Richard E. Parker.
    • Richard E. Parker (1783–1840), member of the Virginia Legislature, Virginia State Court Judge, U.S. Senator from Virginia 1836–37. Grandson of Richard Parker.

The Parnells[edit]

  • Kevin Parnell, candidate for U.S. Representative from Alaska 1980. Father of Sean Parnell.
    • Sean Parnell (born 1962), Alaska State Representative 1993–97, Alaska State Senator 1997–2001, Lieutenant Governor of Alaska 2006–09, candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Representative from Alaska 2008, Governor of Alaska 2009-present. Son of Kevin Parnell.

The Parrans[edit]

  • Thomas Parran, Sr. (1860–1955), Maryland House Delegate 1884–88, delegate to the Republic National Convention 1888 1904 1908, Maryland State Senator 1892–94, Clerk of Maryland Court of Appeals 1901–07, U.S. Representative from Maryland 1911–13. Father of Thomas Parran, Jr..
    • Thomas Parran, Jr. (1892–1968), Surgeon General of the United States 1936–48. Son of Thomas Parran, Sr..

The Parris[edit]

  • Albion K. Parris (1788–1857), Prosecutor of Oxford County, Maine; Maine State Representative 1813–14; Maine State Senator 1814–16; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1815–18; Judge of Cumberland County, Maine 1818–22; Governor of Maine 1822–27; U.S. Senator from Maine 1827–28; Mayor of Portland, Maine 1852; candidate for Governor of Maine 1854. Cousin of Virgil D. Parris.[33]
  • Virgil D. Parris (1807–1874), Maine State Representative 1832–37, U.S. Representative from Maine 1838–41, Maine State Senator 1842–43, U.S. Marshal of Maine 1844–48, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1852 1872. Cousin of Albion K. Parris.[34]

The Patersons[edit]

The Patmans[edit]

  • Wright Patman (1893–1976), Texas State Representative 1921–24, District Attorney in Texas 1924–29, U.S. Representative from Texas 1929–76. Father of William Patman.[37]
    • William Patman (1927-2008), Texas State Senator 1961–80, U.S. Representative from Texas 1981–85. Son of Wright Patman.[38]

The Pattersons[edit]

The Pattersons of Hempstead and Uniondale[edit]

  • Thomas Patterson (1861-1901), sponsor of movement to create Nassau County, first Clerk of Nassau County, New York 1899-1901. Son of John Patterson, brother of Archibald G. Patterson and John Edward Patterson, Uncle of A. Holly Patterson.[41][42][43]
  • John Edward Patterson (1865-?), Clerk of Hempstead Board of Assessors, Republican Leader of Hempstead Village in the 1910s. Son of John Patterson, brother of Thomas Patterson and Archibald G. Patterson, uncle of A. Holly Patterson.[41][44]
  • Archibald G. Patterson (1870-1958), Hempstead Town Superintendent of Highways, Republican Leader of Hempstead Village in 1910s. Son of John Patterson, brother of Thomas Patterson and J. Edward Patterson, father of A. Holly Patterson [42][45]
    • Archibald Holly Patterson (1898-1980), Hempstead Village Attorney 1928-1934, Counsel to Special Districts, Town of Hempstead Presiding Officer 1935-1953, County Executive of Nassau County, New York 1953-1961, Chairman of Nassau County Republican Committee 1959-1961, Delegate to Republican National Convention 1956, 1960, Presidential Elector for New York 1972, Board Chairman of Nassau Community College, President of Long Island State Park and Recreation Commission, Chairman of Jones Beach State Parkway Authority, Chairman of Hempstead National Bank 1961-1968, Chairman of Huntington National Bank 1968-1970s.[42][46]
    • Bertram M. Patterson. Town of Hempstead Superintendent of Highways 1933-?. Brother of A. Holly Patterson, son of Archibald G. Patterson.[47]

The Pattersons of New York[edit]

  • Robert P. Patterson (1891–1952), U.S. District Court Judge in New York 1930–39, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals 1939–40, U.S. Secretary of War 1945–47. Father of Robert P. Patterson, Jr.[48]

The Pattersons of Tennessee[edit]

  • Josiah Patterson (1837–1904), member of the Tennessee Legislature, U.S. Representative from Tennessee 1891–97. Father of Malcolm R. Patterson.[49]
    • Malcolm R. Patterson (1861–1935), U.S. Representative from Tennessee 1901–06, Governor of Tennessee 1907–11, Tennessee State Court Judge. Son of Josiah Patterson.[50]

The Pattersons and Seymours[edit]

  • David L. Seymour (1803–1867), New York Assemblyman 1836, District Attorney of Rensselaer County, New York 1839–42; U.S. Representative from New York 1843–45 1851–53; delegate to the New York Constitutional Convention 1867. Father-in-law of Charles E. Patterson.

The Pattons[edit]

The Pattons and Wilsons[edit]

The Pauls[edit]

  • Ron Paul (born 1935), U.S. Representative from Texas 1979–85 and 1997–2013; Libertarian Party Presidential candidate in 1988 and candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2008 and 2012. Father of Rand Paul.
    • Rand Paul (born 1963), U.S. Senator from Kentucky, 2011–present. Candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016. Son of Ron Paul.

NOTE: The Pauls represent the first time in United States history when a father-son team simultaneously served in the House of Representatives and Senate, respectively.

The Pauls of Virginia[edit]

  • John Paul (1839–1901), member of the Virginia Legislature, U.S. Representative from Virginia 1881–83, Judge of U.S. District Court in Virginia 1883–1901. Father of John Paul, Jr.[57]
    • John Paul, Jr. (1883–1964), Virginia State Senator 1911–15, 1919–22, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1916 1924, candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia 1920, U.S. Representative from Virginia 1922–23, Judge of U.S. District Court 1932–59. Son of John Paul.[58]

The Pauldings[edit]

  • William Paulding, Jr. (1770–1854), U.S. Representative from New York 1811–13, delegate to the New York Constitutional Convention 1821, Mayor of New York City 1824–26. Father of James K. Paulding.
    • James K. Paulding (1778–1860), U.S. Secretary of the Navy 1838–41. Son of William Paulding, Jr..

NOTE: James K. Paulding was also brother-in-law of U.S. Representative William Irving.[59]

The Paynes[edit]

  • Donald M. Payne (born 1934), candidate for Democratic nomination for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1980 1986, U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1989–present. Brother of William D. Payne.
  • William D. Payne, New Jersey Assemblyman 1998–2008. Brother of Donald M. Payne.

The Pearces[edit]

  • James A. Pearce (1805–1862), Maryland House Delegate 1831–35, U.S. Representative from Maryland 1835–39 1841–43, U.S. Senator from Maryland 1843–62. Father of J. Alfred Pearce, Jr.[60]
    • J. Alfred Pearce, Jr. (1840–1920), delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1876. Son of James A. Pearce.[60]

The Peays[edit]

  • Austin Peay (1876–1927), Tennessee State Representative 1901–05, Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party 1905, Governor of Tennessee 1923–27, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1924. Father of Austin Peay V.[61]
    • Austin Peay, V (1901–1949), delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1928, Tennessee State Representative 1931–35. Son of Austin Peay.[62]

The Peckhams[edit]

The Peltiers[edit]

The Pendletons, Penns, Gaines, and Taylors[edit]

The Pendletons and Treutlens[edit]

  • John A. Treutlen (1730–1782), Governor of Georgia 1777–78. Great-granduncle by marriage of Charles Rittenhouse Pendleton.[75]
    • Charles Rittenhouse Pendleton, member of the Georgia Legislature 1882–83. Great-granduncle by marriage of John A Treutlen.[76]

The Penningtons[edit]

  • William Sandford Pennington (1757–1826), U.S. Attorney of New Jersey 1803–04, Governor of New Jersey 1813–15. Father of William Pennington.[77]
    • William Pennington (1796–1862), New Jersey Assemblyman 1828, Governor of New Jersey 1837–43, U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1859–61, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives 1860–61. Son of William Sandford Pennington.[78]

The Pennybackers and Samuels[edit]

  • Isaac S. Pennybacker (1805–1847), U.S. Representative from Virginia 1837–39, Judge of U.S. District Court in Virginia 1839–45, U.S. Senator from Virginia 1845–47. Brother of Joel Pennybacker.[79]
  • Joel Pennybacker, Virginia State Senator. Brother of Isaac S. Pennybacker.[80]
  • Green Berry Samuels (1806–1859), U.S. Representative from Virginia 1839–41, delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention 1850 1851, Judge of the Virginia Circuit Court, Judge of the Virginia Court of Appeals. Cousin of Isaac S. Pennybacker.[81]
    • John D. Pennybacker, Virginia State Senator. Son of Isaac S. Pennybacker.[82]
    • Benjamin Pennybacker Douglass, Indiana State Representative 1857, Common Pleas Court Judge in Indiana 1864. Nephew of Isaac S. Pennybacker and Joel Pennybacker.[83]
    • Benjamin M. Samuels, candidate for Governor of Iowa 1857 1861, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1860. Nephew of Green Berry Samuels.[83]
    • Samuel W. Pennypacker (1843–1916), Governor of Pennsylvania 1903–07, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1904. Third cousin once removed of Isaac S. Pennybacker and Green Berry Samuels.[84]
      • William B. Umstead (1895–1954), U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1933–39, Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party 1945, U.S. Senator from North Carolina 1946–48, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1948, Governor of North Carolina 1953–54. Distant cousin of Isaac S. Pennybacker, Green Berry Samuels, Benjamin M. Samuels, and Samuel W. Pennypacker.[85]

NOTE: Samuel W. Pennypacker was also great-grandson of U.S. Representative Isaac Anderson[86] and great-great-grandson of Pennsylvania State Representative Patrick Anderson. William B. Umstead was also son of North Carolina legislator John W. Umstead.[87]

The Perdues[edit]

The Pereas[edit]

  • Francisco Perea (1830–1913), New Mexico Territory Councilman 1858 1866 1884, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1864, U.S. Congressional Delegate from New Mexico Territory 1863–65, Postmaster of Jemez Springs, New Mexico 1894–1905. Cousin of Pedro Perea.[88]
  • Pedro Perea (1852–1906), New Mexico Territory Councilman 1889 1891 1895, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1896, U.S. Congressional Delegate from New Mexico Territory 1899–1901. Cousin of Francisco Perea.[89]

The Perkins[edit]

The Pershings and Warrens[edit]

  • Francis E. Warren (1844–1929), Wyoming Territory Senator 1873–74 1884–85, Treasurer of Wyoming Territory 1876 1879 1882 1884, Mayor of Cheyenne, Wyoming 1885; Governor of Wyoming Territory 1885–86 1889–90; Governor of Wyoming 1890; U.S. Senator from Wyoming 1890–93 1895–1929. Father-in-law of John J. Pershing.[92]
    • John J. Pershing (1860–1948), candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States 1920. Son-in-law of Francis E. Warren.[93]

The Perrys[edit]

  • Benjamin Franklin Perry (1805–1886), delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1860 1876, Governor of South Carolina 1865. Father of William H. Perry.[94]
    • William H. Perry (1839–1902), member of the South Carolina Legislature, U.S. Representative from South Carolina 1885–91. Son of Benjamin Franklin Perry.[95]

The Persons[edit]

  • Rollin H. Person (1850–1917), Michigan Circuit Court Judge 1891–99, candidate for Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court 1912 1913, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court 1915–16. Husband of Ida M. Person.[96]
  • Ida M. Person, Michigan Democratic Committeewoman 1919. Wife of Rollin H. Person.[97]
    • Seymour H. Person (1879–1957), Michigan State Representative 1915–21, Michigan State Senator 1927–31, U.S. Representative from Michigan 1931–33, candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 1942. Nephew of Rollin H. Person and nephew by marriage of Ida M. Person.

The Peters[edit]

The Peters of Maine[edit]

  • John A. Peters (1822–1904), Maine State Senator 1862–63, Maine State Representative 1864, Attorney General of Maine 1864–66, U.S. Representative from Maine 1867–73, Judge of the Maine Supreme Court 1873–83. Uncle of John A. Peters.[101]
    • John A. Peters (1864–1953), Judge of Ellsworth, Maine Municipal Court 1896–1908; Maine State Representative 1909 1911 1913; U.S. Representative from Maine 1913–22; Judge of U.S. District Court of Maine 1922–47; delegate to the Republican National Convention 1916. Nephew of John A. Peters.[102]

The Pettits[edit]

  • John U. Pettit (1820–1881), Indiana State Representative 1844–45 1865, Circuit Court Judge in Indiana 1853–54 1873–79, U.S. Representative from Indiana 1855–61. Father of Henry Corbin Pettit.[103]
    • Henry Corbin Pettit (1863–1913), Mayor of Wabash, Indiana 1888–90; Indiana State Representative 1895–97. Son of John U. Pettit.[104]

The Pettus[edit]

  • John J. Pettus (1813–1867), Governor of Mississippi 1854 1859–63. Brother of Edmund Pettus.[105]
  • Edmund W. Pettus (1821–1907), Circuit Court Judge in Alabama 1855–58, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1876 1892, U.S. Senator from Alabama 1897–1907. Brother of John J. Pettus.[106]

The Peytons[edit]

  • Balie Peyton (1803–1878), U.S. Representative from Tennessee 1833–37, U.S. Attorney in Louisiana 1841–45, U.S. Minister to Chile 1849–53, Prosecuting Attorney of San Francisco, California 1853–59; candidate for U.S. Representative from Tennessee 1866; Tennessee State Senator 1869–71. Brother of Joseph Hopkins Peyton.[107]
  • Joseph Hopkins Peyton (1808–1845), Tennessee State Senator 1840, U.S. Representative from Tennessee 1843–45. Brother of Balie Peyton.[108]

The Phelans[edit]

The Phelps[edit]

  • Elisha Phelps (1779–1847), Connecticut State Representative 1807 1812 1814–18 1821 1829 1835, U.S. Representative from Connecticut 1819–21 1825–29, Connecticut State Senator 1822–24, Connecticut Comptroller 1831–37. Father of John S. Phelps.[109]
    • John S. Phelps (1814–1886), Missouri State Representative 1840, U.S. Representative from Missouri 1845–63, Governor of Missouri 1877–81. Son of Elisha Phelps.[110]

The Phelps of Connecticut and Pennsylvania[edit]

  • Lancelot Phelps (1784–1866), Connecticut State Representative 1817 1819–21 1824 1827–28 1830, U.S. Representative from Connecticut 1835–39. Father of James Phelps.[111]
    • James Phelps (1822–1900), Connecticut State Representative 1853–54 1856, Connecticut State Senator 1858–59, Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court 1863–73 1885–92, Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court 1873–75, U.S. Representative from Connecticut 1875–83. Son of Lancelot Phelps.[112]
      • Judson B. Phelps (1836–1906), Pennsylvania State Representative 1897–98. Third cousin twice removed of Lancelot Phelps.[113]

The Phelps of New Jersey[edit]

  • William Walter Phelps (1839–1894), U.S. Representative from New Jersey 1873–75 1883–89, U.S. Minister to Austria-Hungary 1881–82, U.S. Minister to Germany 1889–93, Judge of the New Jersey Court of Errors and Appeals 1893–94. Father of Sheffield Phelps.[114]
    • Sheffield Phelps (1864–1902), delegate to the Republican National Convention 1900. Son of William W. Phelps.[115]
      • Phelps Phelps (1897–1981), New York Assemblyman 1924–28 1937–38, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1932, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1936 1956 1960, New York State Senator 1939–42, Governor of American Samoa 1951–52, U.S. Ambassador to Dominican Republic 1952–53, delegate to the New Jersey Constitutional Convention 1966. Grandson of William W. Phelps.[116]

NOTE: Sheffield Phelps was also son-in-law of Delaware Governor Preston Lea.[117]

The Phelps of Vermont[edit]

The Philipps[edit]

The Phillips[edit]

NOTE: William Phillips was also second cousin by marriage of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.[123]

The Phipps and Scotts[edit]

The Phips[edit]

The Pickerings[edit]

Timothy Pickering, (1745, Salem Mass. - 1829, Salem Mass.) Harvard Graduate (1763); Admitted to Bar (1768); Salem, Mass. Selectman & Assessor (1772–1777); County Clerk of Essex County, Mass. (1774); Committee on State of Rights of Colonists (1773); Committee of Correspondence and Safety (1774–1775); entered Revolutionary Army as Colonel (1775); Mass. State Legislature (1776); appointed adjutant General of the Continental Army, by Gen. George Washington (1777); United States Board of War (1777); Quartermaster General of United States Army (1780); Luzerne County, Penn. Representative, State Constitutional Convention to Ratify the United States Constitution(1789–1790); appointed Special Government Agent to Indians of Penn., by Pres. George Washington (1790); appointed United States Postmaster General, by Pres. George Washington (1791); appointed Secretary of War, by Pres. George Washington, & retained by Pres. John Adams (1795–1800), concurrently Secretary of State, appointed Pres. John Adams(1800); United States Senator, Mass., Federalist Party (1803–1811); Council of Massachusetts (1812–1813); United States Representative, Mass., Federalist Party (1813–1817); yoamen Farmer (1817–1829).

The Picketts[edit]

  • John Samuel Pickett, Sr. (born 1882), judge for the Louisiana 11th Judicial District from Many, retired in 1952 at the age of seventy, then appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court as judge of the 4th, 30th, and 31st judicial district and the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals.[126]
    • John S. Pickett, Jr. (1920–2014), Louisiana state representative from Sabine Parish 1968 to 1972, Louisiana 11th Judicial District Court judge 1972–90, son of John Samuel Pickett, Sr., and father of Elizabeth Ann Pickett[127]

The Pierces[edit]

  • Benjamin Pierce (1757–1839), member of the New Hampshire state legislature 1789–1802, Sheriff of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire 1809–12 1818–27, Governor of New Hampshire 1827–28 1829–30. Father of Franklin Pierce.[128]
    • Franklin Pierce (1804–1869), New Hampshire State Representative 1829–33, U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 1833–37, U.S. Senator from New Hampshire 1837–42, President of the United States 1853–57. Son of Benjamin Pierce.[129]

NOTE: Franklin Pierce was also cousin by marriage of U.S. Senator David Meriwether.[130]

The Pillsburys[edit]

The Pinckneys[edit]

  • Charles Pinckney, Attorney General of South Carolina Colony 1773, South Carolina Colony Assemblyman, Chief Justice of South Carolina Colony 1752–53. Father of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Thomas Pinckney.
    • Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746–1825), South Carolina State Senator 1779–1804, U.S. Minister to France 1796–97, candidate for Vice President of the United States 1800, candidate for President of the United States 1804 1808. Son of Charles Pinckney.[133]
    • Thomas Pinckney (1750–1828), Governor of South Carolina 1787–89, South Carolina State Representative 1791, U.S. Minister to Great Britain 1792–96, U.S. Representative from South Carolina 1797–1801. Son of Charles Pinckney.[134]
    • Charles Pinckney (1731–1784), member of the South Carolina Provincial Congress. Nephew of Charles Pinckney.
      • Charles Pinckney (1757–1824), Delegate to the Continental Congress from South Carolina 1785–87, Governor of South Carolina 1789–92 1796–98 1806–08, U.S. Senator from South Carolina 1798–1801, U.S. Minister to Spain 1801–04, U.S. Representative from South Carolina 1819–21. Son of Charles Pinckney.[135]
        • Henry L. Pinckney (1794–1863), South Carolina State Representative 1816–32, Intendant of Charleston, South Carolina 1830–32; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 1833–37; Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina 1837–40; Collector of Port of Charleston, South Carolina 1841–42. Son of Charles Pinckney.[136]
        • Robert Young Hayne (1791–1839), South Carolina State Representative 1814–18, Attorney General of South Carolina 1818–22, U.S. Senator from South Carolina 1823–32, Governor of South Carolina 1832–34, Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina 1835–37. Son-in-law of Charles Pinckney.[137]

NOTE: Charles Pinckney was also son-in-law of Continental Congressional Delegate Henry Laurens.[138] Robert Young Hayne was also brother of U.S. Senator Arthur Peronneau Hayne.[139] Charles Cotesworth Pinckney was also son-in-law of Continental Congressional Delegate Henry Middleton.[140]

The Pingrees of Vermont and Michigan[edit]

The Pingrees of Maine[edit]

The Pinkneys and Whytes[edit]

  • William Pinkney (1764–1822), delegate to the Maryland Constitutional Convention 1788, Maryland House Delegate 1788–92 1795, U.S. Representative from Maryland 1791 1815–16, Maryland Executive Councilman 1792–95, Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland 1795–1800; Attorney General of Maryland 1805–06; U.S. Minister to Great Britain 1806–11; Maryland State Senator 1811; Attorney General of the United States 1811–14; U.S. Minister to Russia 1816–18; U.S. Senator from Maryland 1819–22. Grandfather of William Pinkney Whyte.
    • William Pinkney Whyte (1824–1908), Maryland House Delegate 1847–49, candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland 1850 1857, Comptroller of Maryland 1853–55, U.S. Senator from Maryland 1868–69 1875–81 1906–08, Governor of Maryland 1872–74, Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland 1881–83; Attorney General of Maryland 1887–91; Solicitor of Baltimore, Maryland 1900–03. Grandson of William Pinkney.

The Pittmans[edit]

  • Key Pittman (1872–1940), candidate for U.S. Senate from Nevada 1910, U.S. Senator from Nevada 1913–40. Brother of Vail M. Pittman.[143]
  • Vail M. Pittman (1880–1964), Lieutenant Governor of Nevada 1943–45, Governor of Nevada 1945–51, candidate for Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate from Nevada 1944. Brother of Key Pittman.[144]

The Plaisteds[edit]

The Platts of New York[edit]

  • Thomas C. Platt (1833-1910), United States Senator from New York March 4, 1881 – May 16, 1881 and March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1909, Member of the United States House of Representatives New York's 27th District March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875, Member of United States House of Representatives New York's 28th District March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877, Clerk of Tioga County, New York 1859-1861, Republican boss of New York, steered passage of Greater New York Act. Great-grandfather of Thomas Collier Platt Jr.

The Platts of Plattsburg[edit]

  • Zephaniah Platt (1735–1807), New York Colony Congressman 1775–77, New York State Senator 1777–83, Delegate to the Confederation Congress from New York 1785–86, Judge in Dutchess County, New York 1781–95; delegate to the New York Constitutional Convention 1788. Father of Jonas Platt.[147]
    • Jonas Platt (1769–1834), Clerk of Herkimer County, New York 1791–95; New York Assemblyman 1796; Clerk of Oneida County, New York 1798–1802; U.S. Representative from New York 1799–1801; candidate for Governor of New York 1810; New York State Senator 1810–13; Justice of the New York Supreme Court 1914–21; delegate to the New York Constitutional Convention 1921. Son of Zephaniah Platt.[148]
    • Charles Z. Platt (born 1773) New York State Assembly 1807, New York State Treasurer 1813–15. Son of Zephaniah Platt.
    • Zephaniah Platt (1796–1871) Michigan Attorney General 1841–43. Judge of the 2nd Circuit Court of South Carolina 1868–71. Son of Jonas Platt.
      • Moss K. Platt (1809–1876), New York State Senator 1866-67, New York Prison Inspector 1874-76, grandson of Zephaniah Platt.

The Plumers[edit]

  • William Plumer (1759–1850), U.S. Senator from New Hampshire 1802–07, Governor of New Hampshire 1812–13 1816–19. Father of William Plumer, Jr.[149]
    • William Plumer, Jr. (1789–1854), New Hampshire State Representative 1818, New Hampshire State Senator 1827–28, delegate to the New Hampshire Constitutional Convention 1850, U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 1819–25. Son of William Plumer.[150]

The Plumleys[edit]

  • Frank Plumley (1844–1924), Vermont State Representative 1882, U.S. District Attorney of Vermont 1889–94, Vermont State Senator 1894, Vermont State Court Judge 1902, U.S. Representative from Vermont 1909–15. Father of Charles A. Plumley.[151]
    • Charles A. Plumley (1875–1964), Vermont State Representative 1912–15, U.S. Representative from Vermont 1934–51. Son of Frank Plumley.[152]

The Polks[edit]

  • Thomas Jones Hardeman, (1788–1854), Texas Republic Representative 1837–39, Judge in the Texas Republic 1843, member of the Texas Legislature 1847–51. Uncle by marriage of James K. Polk.[153]
  • Charles Polk, Jr. (1788–1857), Governor of Delaware 1827–30 1836–37. Third cousin once removed of James K. Polk, Trusten Polk, and William Hawkins Polk.[154]
    • James K. Polk (1795–1849), Tennessee State Representative 1823–25, U.S. Representative from Tennessee 1825–39, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative 1835–39, Governor of Tennessee 1839–41, President of the United States 1845–49. Third cousin one removed of Charles Polk, Jr.[155]
    • Trusten Polk (1811–1876), delegate to the Missouri Constitutional Convention 1845 1846, Governor of Missouri 1857, U.S. Senator from Missouri 1857–62. Third cousin once removed of Charles Polk, Jr.[156]
    • William Hawkins Polk (1815–1862), Tennessee State Representative 1842–45, U.S. Minister to Naples 1845–47, U.S. Representative from Tennessee 1851–53. Third cousin once removed of Charles Polk, Jr.[157]
    • William P. Dobson (1793–1846), North Carolina State Senator 1818–19 1827 1830–34 1836 1842. First cousin of James K. Polk and William Hawkins Polk.
      • M.T. Polk (1831–1884), delegate to the Democratic National Convention 1876, Treasurer of Tennessee 1877–83. Nephew and adoptive son of James K. Polk.[158]
      • R.D. Polk (fl. 1890), president of Franceville, New Hebrides. Native of Tennessee and relative of James K. Polk.[159]

NOTE: Thomas Jones Hardeman was also brother of Texas Republic politician Bailey Hardeman.[160] Trusten Polk was also nephew of Delaware Governor Peter F. Causey.[161] James K. Polk and William Hawkins Polk were also cousins by marriage of Confederate States politician George Davis.[162]

The Pools[edit]

  • John Pool (1826–1884), North Carolina State Senator 1856 1858, candidate for Governor of North Carolina 1860, U.S. Senator from North Carolina 1868–73. Uncle of Walter F. Pool.[163]
    • Walter F. Pool (1850–1883), U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1883. Nephew of John Pool.[164]

The Popes[edit]

The following are members of the Pope family in no particular order:

  • William Pope Duval (1784–1854), first governor of Florida Territory.
  • John Pope (1770–1845), brother of Nathaniel, U.S. Senator from Kentucky, Governor of Arkansas Territory, U.S. Representative from Kentucky
  • Nathaniel Pope (1784–1850), brother of John, Delegate and Secretary of Illinois Territory, U.S. District judge in Illinois.
    • John Pope (1822–1892), son of Nathaniel, U.S. Soldier, Union General in the Civil War.
    • Daniel Pope Cook (1794–1827), nephew of Nathaniel and John, newspaper editor, Attorney General and U.S. Representative from Illinois

The Porters[edit]

  • Peter Buell Porter (1773–1844), U.S. Representative from New York 1809–13 1815–16, New York Secretary of State 1815–16, candidate for Governor of New York 1817, U.S. Secretary of War 1828–29. Uncle of Augustus Seymour Porter and grandfather of Peter A. Porter.[165]

NOTE: Peter Buell Porter was also son-in-law of U.S. Attorney General John Breckinrdige[168] and brother-in-law of Kentucky State Representatives Joseph Cabell Breckinridge[169] and Robert Jefferson Breckinridge.[170] Porter's wife, Letitia, was also widow of Kentucky State Representative Alfred William Grayson.[171]

The Poseys[edit]

NOTE: The Poseys of Indiana are also distantly related to U.S. Senator Thomas Posey.

The Potters[edit]

  • Joseph Potter, New York Assemblyman 1798 1814. Grandfather of Clarkson Nott Potter.

The Potters of Rhode Island[edit]

  • Elisha Reynolds Potter (1764–1835), Rhode Island State Representative 1793–96 1798–1808 1816–17 1819–35, U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1796–97 1809–15. Father of Elisha R. Potter.[172]
    • Elisha R. Potter (1811–1882), Adjutant General of Rhode Island 1835–36, Rhode Island State Representative 1838–40, U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1843–45, Rhode Island State Senator 1847–52 1861–63, Rhode Island Commissioner of Public Schools 1849–54, Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court 1868–82. Son of Elisha Reynolds Potter.[173]

The Powells[edit]

The Powells of New York[edit]

The Powells of Virginia[edit]

The Pratts, Thayers, and Nitzes[edit]

  • Ruth Baker Pratt (1877–1965), delegate to the New York Republican Convention 1922 1924 1926 1928 1930 1936 1938, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1924 1932 1936 1940, New York City Alderwoman 1925–29, member of the Republican National Committee 1929–43, U.S. Representative from New York 1929–33. Mother-in-law of Robert H. Thayer and Paul Nitze.

The Prentiss[edit]

  • Samuel Prentiss (1782–1857), Vermont State Representative 1824–25, Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, U.S. Senator from Vermont 1831–42, Judge of U.S. District Court of Vermont 1842–57. Brother of John Holmes Prentiss.[178]
  • John Holmes Prentiss (1784–1861), Postmaster of Cooperstown, New York 1833–37; U.S. Representative from New York 1837–41. Brother of Samuel Prentiss.[179]
    • Theodore Prentiss (1818–1906). Mayor of Watertown, Wisconsin 1853–55 1871–72; Alderman of Watertown, Wisconsin; Wisconsin State Assemblyman 1860–61. Son of Samuel Prentiss.[180]
      • James Prentiss, Mayor of Watertown, Wisconsin. Son of Theodore Prentiss.

The Prestons[edit]

  • Francis Preston (1765–1836), U.S. Representative from Virginia 1793–97. Father of William C. Preston.[181]
    • William C. Preston (1794–1860), U.S. Senator from South Carolina 1833–42. Son of Francis Preston.[182]
    • William Ballard Preston (1805–1862), Virginia House Delegate 1830–32 1844–45, Virginia State Senator 1840–44, U.S. Representative from Virginia 1847–49, U.S. Secretary of the Navy 1849–50, Confederate States Representative from Virginia 1861, Confederate States Senator from Virginia 1862. Nephew of Francis Preston.[183]
    • William Preston (1816–1887), delegate to the Kentucky Constitutional Convention 1849, Kentucky State Representative 1850 1868–69, Kentucky State Senator 1851–53, U.S. Representative from Kentucky 1852–55, U.S. Minister to Spain 1858–61, Confederate States Minister to Mexico 1864. Nephew of Francis Preston.[184]
    • Wade Hampton III (1818–1902), South Carolina State Senator 1858, candidate for Governor of South Carolina 1865, Governor of South Carolina 1876–79, U.S. Senator from South Carolina 1879–91. Son-in-law of Francis Preston.[185]

NOTE: William C. Preston was also grandnephew by marriage of Virginia Governor Patrick Henry.[187] William Preston's grandson, Preston Davie, was also a descendant of North Carolina Governor William Richardson Davie. Wade Hampton III was also grandson of U.S. Representative Wade Hampton I[188] and later son-in-law of U.S. Senator George McDuffie.[189]

The Prices[edit]

The Pritchards[edit]

  • Jeter Connelly Pritchard (1857–1921), U.S. Senator from North Carolina 1895–1903, Justice of the District of Columbia 1903–04, Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals 1904–21. Father of George M. Pritchard.[192]
    • George M. Pritchard (1886–1955), North Carolina State Representative 1916–17, Solicitor in North Carolina 1919–22, U.S. Representative from New York 1929–31, candidate for U.S. Senate from North Carolina 1930, candidate for Governor of North Carolina 1940 1948, candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 1952. Son of Jeter Connelly Pritchard.[193]

The Proctors[edit]

The Proutys[edit]

The Pratts and Romneys[edit]

  • William Pratt (1609–1670), lieutenant, Pequot War. Representative, General Court (Colonial Legislature) of Connecticut, served 23 terms.
      • Parley P. Pratt (1807–1895) Mormon apostle; member, Utah Territorial Legislature, 1854. The 3rd great-grandson of William Pratt[204]
      • Orson Pratt (1811–1881) Mormon apostle; member, Utah Territorial Legislature, 1869–79. The brother of Parley P. Pratt.
        • Vernon Romney (1896–1976), Utah Republican Executive Committeeman 1936–62, delegate to the Republican National Convention 1944 1948 1952 1960 1964, Chairman of the Utah Republican Party 1944–50 1958–62, Republican National Committeeman 1944–50 1958–62. Grandson of Partley P. Pratt.
        • Vernon B. Romney (born 1924), Attorney General of Utah 1969–76, candidate for Governor of Utah 1976. Son of Vernon Romney.[205]

The Pruyns[edit]

The Pryors[edit]

  • David Pryor (born 1934), Arkansas State Representative 1960–66, U.S. Representative from Arkansas 1966–73, Governor of Arkansas 1975–79, U.S. Senator from Arkansas 1979–97. Father of Mark Pryor.[211]
    • Mark Pryor (born 1963), Arkansas State Representative 1991–94, Attorney General of Arkansas 1999–2002, delegate to the Democratic National Convention 2000, U.S. Senator from Arkansas 2003–2015. Son of David Pryor.[212]

The Pynchons[edit]

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