President Barack Obama and Warren Buffett are 7th cousins, 3 times removed. Family history experts at Ancestry.com discovered the relation and determined that the men are related through a 17th-century Frenchman named Mareen Duvall – Pres. Obama’s 9th great-grandfather and Buffett’s 6th great-grandfather.
Duvall was born in France and came to Maryland in the mid-1600s. Once in America, he served as an indentured servant, but by 1659 had purchased property in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, which he later named “Middle Plantation.” In a rags-to-riches story, Duvall became a planter, merchant, carpenter, and was considered to be a country gentleman. According to historical records, Duvall belonged to a religious sect called the Jacobites, and he was “conservative in his political life.” He died in the 1690s, the father of 12 children – six daughters and six sons.
French roots and the relation to Warren Buffett is the latest of several discoveries Ancestry.com has revealed about the President’s family tree:
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